Autumn School 2017. Friedrichstadt, how do you dwell? A videographic approach


Just like many other communities in rural areas, Friedrichstadt is facing questions of dealing with demographic change, out-migration of younger generations, vacancy rates and a significant demand for redevelopment and refurbishment. The ‘Dutch town’ however is not merely a small town with 2,500 inhabitants in Northern Frisia but a built and failed utopia from the 17th century. Planned as world and harbour city, day tourists occupy its historic scenery during the summer months, yet community life is nearly brought to a standstill for the rest of the year. Within the framework of a competition sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Friedrichstadt has been nominated as Future City. The submitted proposal stresses comprehensive communication processes so that as many inhabitants as possible can take part in the development. The research and teaching programme Urban Design at HCU accompanies the proposal scientifically. On the basis of last year’s seminar under the question ‘Friedrichstadt: What do you do? Following this question, we investigated – who does what, how, where and when in Friedrichstadt. Based on the last years´s results we now approach the question of dwelling (and work) in the city: ‘Friedrichstadt: How do you dwell?’ We are concerned with questions of permanent dwelling on the parts of the inhabitants as well as temporary stays of tourists. We concentrate not only on ‘dwelling’ as such, but equally on its externalised forms, the public and commercial spaces of the community and congregation. In its analysis, the compact seminar draws on videographic methods and uses interventions as means of communication. Technical skills are not mandatory, as necessary know-how will be practically conveyed in the seminar. A video-capable photo camera, a video camera, a mobile phone as well as compatible recording devices as well as a private laptop with integrated editing software are desirable. A limited number of such equipment can also be provided if not available.

The most important organisational things in brief:
You will need to organise your own journey. We will refund the Group-Tickets in Friedrichstadt. Please keep the tickets!
You will find board in private households. This is already part of the research. Please don´t forget your own sleeping bag and towel etc.
Since we will cook and eat together, bring your own plate, fork, knife, spoon, cup etc. what-ever you find useful to prepare and consume food.
Bring your own device! Laptop, camera, audio recorder, accu/battery, hard disc, headphones!, tripod? What-ever you can contribute.
Don´t forget your curiosity and subjectivity!



5 CP
Seminar period: 02.10.-06.10.17
Preparation meeting: 31.08.17 at HCU Hamburg, room 3.109
You can register at the following e-mail address until 27.08:


Prof. Dipl. Ing. Bernd Kniess


Professor, Urban Design

M.A. Marieke Behne


Academic Staff, Ph.D. Candidate