feedback of workshop participants

sandra draganic / Hundreds of people. Crowd. Me,… us,… them,.. left alone to interact. What am I going to say, to do? It’s all in their looks, your look, that first reaction. They always taught us about involving people in our projects. And there is a question… Do we really do that, involve them? Are they always truly important to us? And it was about that…

marijana milivojevic / This was such a great experience for me. I had a good time with amazing people and I’m very grateful, because I contributed to this research. I think there should be more workshops like this which would enable citizens to participate in making decisions about their living place.

luka grgic / It is always the reaction of people that strikes me the most….Unexpected and precise, it made me wonder just how much we maybe enjoy being elusive or unapproachable and prejudiced. It takes a time to make a move and even more start a good conversation. It was about that. Action and reaction. So…it was one giant step for me as an architect. One small step for all those ready to try.

nikoleta jovanov / Urban Sensing Workshop taught me how urbanism, architecture and social engagement can be connected. During this workshop I have also gained new skills like approaching people and getting engaged in conversations about certain topics.

sara anđelković / Participating in the “Urban Sensing” workshop was really interesting and useful, considering that during this workshop I gained knowledge about new methods, particularly about gamification, which is going to be really useful to me in my future work as a spatial planner. I learned about new ways of including citizens in spatial and urban planning processes and how to acknowledge their demands. I would very much like to see how this workshop is developed in other cities so that we could compare the results and see how we, as future architects, spatial and urban planner can contribute to improvement of lives in the city.

milka elizabeth kovacevic zegarra / As a student of architecture, I think that one of the most perplexedly part of any analysis, before starting a project is the interaction with the people from that location. To get precise information we need to know how to approach to people and what type of questions should we ask them, without getting them bored, uninterested to the topic, unwilling to be part of the project and even insulted. To help them improve their neighborhood, in my opinion, getting to know them and giving them our trust is one of the most important part of the analysis because, they play a major role in the further development of the project.That is what we were investigating in this workshop “Urban Senses” that helped us develop a way of approaching people using different kind of methods and questionnaires that achieved our goals, not only by the quantity and quality of the results, but also throughout games, making people happy for participating and letting them know that they have the right and freedom to improve their own neighborhood.

ivan avdic / How does one get a better sense of the city. How do you comprehend the immense complexity of its systems? One way to do so is by better understanding it’s constituents, the biggest of which are its inhabitants. Only through direct and inclusive work with people were we able to better understand their needs, wishes and behavior which in turn help us better understand the built environment. This workshop thus provided us with a necessary skillset which can further be utilized for space exploration and intervention.