Chapter 7 Beyond the classroom: new skills through community–university outreach
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Exploring recent actions at the universities of Porto Alegre and São Paulo, this chapter analyses current advances and difficulties of community outreach in Brazil. The objective is to sustain the debate about the paths of community outreach and, especially, about its potential in the field of urban planning and urban studies. It is argued that, by questioning consolidated routines and proposing new pedagogical approaches, outreach actions reveal alternative paths to planning practice and experiment with innovative tools for urban planners’ training as a profession capable of acting from a sensible understanding of reality. It also proposes the defence of the public dimension of community outreach, as an opportunity to "think and act together", particularly at a time of crisis for Brazilian public universities.

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