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.


Blind date Ljubliana

We are happy to present the reedit of our Urban Senses results from Mexico as our contribution to the interactive blind date “urban realities” in LJUBLJANA (by wonderland, Boštjan Bugarič and Mateja Kurir , in cooperation with MAO – Museum of architecture and design Ljubljana).
Blind date “Urban Realities” will focus on the problem of abandoned construction pits in Ljubljana.

The video presents the workshop tool “urban senses”, space perception and intervention in the context of urbanism. The workshop was already held in Mexico City and San Luis Potosi.

New aspects of movement research as a space exploring tool and the handing over of the results to the local neighborhood will be part of the updated workshop. The tool,which will be presented on the 24 th of September in the MAO (Museum of architecture and design) in Ljubliana , offers the possibility of an urbanistic, artistic exchange and sustainable development.

Thanks to Anibal Conde for the first video edit, to Patrick Jaritz for the reedit and wellvienna for the fantastic music.


© wonderland / Heide Schicht and Astghik Der Sakarian  + Markus Taxer and Patrick Jaritz


The workshop – tool “urban senses”, space-perception and intervention in the context of urbanism was developed by Astghik Der Sakarian and Heide Schicht . The cooperation with Patrick Jaritz  brings in new aspects of movement – research as a space exploring tool and the handing over of the results to the local neighbourhood.

Urban Senses is set up in a way that can be used worldwide as an affordable urbanistic tool, that regional “urban senses” groups get connected and create all together a global network, sharing their resources, ideas and visions.

Our platform is GIS based and offers  the possibility to collect and analyze the components that make a neighborhood feel happy in their own streets.

The tool which is presented, offers the possibility of an urbanistic, artistic exchange and a sustainable development.

The workshop is based on the following aspects:

– Small entities: changes are detected quickly, and can be dealt with, before dissolving into a chronicle or systemic crisis.

– Bottom up: process of this concept assures the acceptance by the inhabitants and users of the neighborhood. Often the concept is incorporated into the community and used years later, independently of the initial organization.

– Addability: a lot of small entities can be added to a larger one. The in between has to be dealt with then as a new entity.

– Repeatability: the method can be repeated easily over time: new developments can be taken into account.

The workshop was already held in Mexico City and San Luis Potosi,  Ljubliana ,Graz, Beograd, next stop is Minsk.


until now we worked together with / have cooperations with :

  • Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Ciudad de México (mx)
  • Facultad del Hábitat, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (sinapsis) (mx)
  • CANTE (Centro de Artes), San Luis Potosí (mx)
  • Laboratorio condensacion (mx)
  • Faculty of architecture, University of Liubliana (slo)
  • faculty of humanities, University of Primorsk (slo)
  • neighbourhoods in the areas where the workshops were held


thank you 

  • austrian cultural forum Mexico
  • austrian cultural forum Ljubliana


some fotos of the neighbourhoods and the results:




Urban Senses