For the second workshop of this program, students were first asked to analyze and prepare a short presentation based on the questionnaire and photos from Monday’s fieldwork. They then worked on completing their final presentations according to the framework provided by Ioannis Gaitanidis.
Wednesday 3 September 2014
09.30-10.00: Explanation of the workshop, and of the framework and composition of the final presentations (see conceptual maps below)
The four days of lectures and fieldworks were framed in the following way: in order to approach and consider tourism in local development planning, the students first had to look at the city of Thessaloniki and start thinking of how tourists see it by producing a map of the tourist gaze. They then had to listen and learn to interpret the opinion of the locals, taking as a case-study the village of St. Antonios, which is considered to be hosting a successful example of a tourism business which contributes to the local economy. The following week, they had to, this time, experience the urban setting and consider how it can be improved in order to make the life of both locals and tourists more convenient. Finally, students had to think of the future and put the knowledge and experience acquired during their fieldwork into practice, by producing a business plan for an imaginary tourist venture.
As mentioned in the concept of this program, besides their content, the final presentations are expected to demonstrate that they are the product of an intense collaboration from all student participants regardless of their cultural or disciplinary background. Hence, students were asked to complete their presentations according to the following steps:
1)Combine the presentations slides of the Team with those of the Group. (Fieldwork exercises pertaining to Space and the Environment were completed by the same six teams of mixed membership, whereas the survey of the St Antonios’ villagers (People) was held by 12 groups of two. As a result, for the business plan exercise, the 12 groups were paired in two to form 6 groups, based on similarities between the proposals produced at the end of the workshop of Day 4.)
2)Seek the advice of common members (marked in green) in order to create one slide that attempts to link conceptually and/or contextually the content of the team’s presentation with that of the group’s.
3)Create one concluding slide which summarizes your findings and links your work to the next Team/Group’s work.
4)Your final presentation should not exceed 20 slides.
10.00-13.00: Morning session- Complete Professors Papagiannakis and Thoidou’s exercises.
Each group will present its work by a PowerPoint presentation (max 5-7 slides) which will include the following sections:
1- Footpath evaluation based on the walkability checklist
2- Map presenting the locations of the walkability problems
3- Photos of the main walkability problems identified
4- Suggestions to improve the city streets walkability and the waterfront
+5- Link to the Tourist Gaze of the City (->find out if similar observations were made during last week’s fieldwork and if some of the comments are connected to how the city is seen by the tourists)
14.00-18.00: Afternoon session-Finish up Day 8’s business plan and integrate it into a final presentation.