Welcome to IMAGE Case
You are welcome to the Teaching Case ‘IMAGE Researching the City: Mapping Imaginaries’. The case has been written in cooperation with a broad array of partners in our cities and has been made possible thanks to the extra support of the European Strategic Partnership programme Erasmus+. We found each other in the aim to contribute to better visualize and connect our cities, with a more up-to-date view, understanding them in their more current dynamics as what we like to describe, according to some inspiring literature on the matter, as polyphonic and polycentric.
TOOLKIT as part of investigation and learning process:
Why a Teaching Case
Talking and discussing with many partners along the way has brought us to the most original meaning of Teaching as ‘fostering learning’. The present Teaching case is the result of all those discussions and considerations united by the convincement that doing research is an essential part of that just mentioned fostering learning. Besides a Case to work on, the current Teaching Case includes a series of guidelines plus a body of thoughts and considerations to be taken into account when conducting research on places in all their complexity. In the end, we have all agreed on the importance of becoming more acknowledgeable and better-informed. It all implies a commitment to do so!
The IMAGE Case illustrated in this Teaching Case compilation has been mainly the product of an already existing interest in learning more about specific areas in our cities, often the areas in which new venues of our universities have been built. Working with partners in real-life cases we experienced an increasing sense of being part of the whole. We stopped calling the companies and institutions we were working with as potential ‘clients’ and started to build on a partnership’s cooperation narrative.
The next steps in this trajectory have been to take the time to better establish the implications of seriously adopting this partnership narrative as a way of working together in research and education. In this sense, it has been indispensable to review terms such as co-creation, design thinking, or teaching case and to come to grips by incorporating them as concepts in a case glossary.
The Calibration document, therefore, has become the part 5. (page 32) of the Teaching Case, as an indispensable glossary of terms.