This contribution presents and critically reviews an innovative workshop that introduces urban planning students to the emerging concept of ‘tactical urbanism’. The workshop “Neighborhood Atelier” was realized in Ankara, Turkey, organized by the Chamber of City Planners with academic contributions from universities, and the support of the “100th Year Neighborhood Initiative”. The four-day workshop aimed to engage students in a more independent, hands-on and interactive learning process that differs from conventional lectures and studios. A total of twenty urban planning students from eleven different universities participated. They worked in four groups. Each group pursued their own (tactical) design ideas and implemented their project on the final day of the workshop while working in close contact with the residents. Besides unveiling new possibilities of teaching urbanism, especially within the context of Turkey, this educational experience was deemed creative, innovative and attractive in the words of a participant. The experience raises some interesting questions, in respect to a) new ways of doing urban planning, and b) the implications for planning education in light of changing perspectives on the future of cities, the nature of planning, the role of planners and of the agents of change.
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