Urban Challenge

Krakow Urban Challenge
Rethinking the city
Explore, Engage, Express & Tweet

The Project | Using the site and blogs | Tweeting  |  Groups  | Schedule  |  Evaluation Criteria & Jury
STAGES: 1-Explore | 2-Engage | 3-Express
Urban Challenge Google Map@UrbanTweetIP | Download the PDF



As you are by now all aware, one of the subthemes for this IP is Change and the City: urban spaces as catalysts for change. With this topic in mind, we have designed an activity that will put the theoretical knowledge you have already acquired to practical use. Over the last 9 months you have all been urban dwellers across Europe, for the duration of the IP your services are required as urban planners in Krakow.

In your capacity as urban planners, you are tasked with revamping the image of a city steeped in history and endowed with rich potential for future projects. In groups, you will be allocated a slice of Krakow to explore and it will be your job to come up with an idea to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. Your remit is simple: we want you to immerse yourself in the area, find out as much as you can about it and then seek to improve one aspect of it. In addition, your project will be required to fill three key criteria:

  • Inclusive
  • Innovative
  • Inexpensive

The Urban Challenge will be divided into three separate but complementary stages. These stages will take place over four days and will each require a different set of skills.

STAGES: 1-Explore | 2-Engage | 3-Express



As you complete each stage of the Urban Challenge, we kindly ask you to build up your Urban Challenge Blog Space (one per team). This blog space is here for you to present your research and explain what you have found. You can upload any kind of material gathered during the stages: photos, comments, videos, links, etc.  To access and post on your designated blog follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to the blog space hereUsername: ipurbankrakow  |  Password: ipurban13
  2. Click on Posts >> Add New  (left-hand side bar menu)
  3. Select the box for Urban Challenge and your group number in the Category Box (right-hand side)
    e.g. Urban Challenge Group1, Urban Challenge Group2…
  4. Create your Post (create text, add images, videos, links, etc)
  5. Once the body of your post is finalised click the Publish button (right-hand side box)
    * You can also save a post as a draft version and come back to it later.

Be creative and show us what you’ve been doing.


In addition to the blogspace, we have a dedicated twitter feed where we strongly encourage all students to share their experiences throughout the week. We will also be keeping an eye on proceedings via twitter, so if you have any problems with any of the tasks, we will be on hand to help out. Follow us @UrbanTweetIP

It is easy to get started as an IP Urban Tweeter just follow these steps:

  1. Click the following link
  2. Login with your personal Twitter accountor Facebook profile (preferred) or create a personal account with GroupTweet using your Email address.
  3. You will be directed to the Group Tweet Dashboard. Follow the instructions.
  4. If you logged in with your personal Twitter account, you can tweet from @UrbanTweetIP without visiting the GroupTweet dashboard. Simply include @UrbanTweetIP or a hashtag (#) in your message from your personal Twitter account. Alternatively you can also send a Direct Message to @UrbanTweetIP and it will be converted into a Tweet from @UrbanTweetIP.

Tweet us directly from your personal account using @UrbanTweetIP + GroupNumber + Message
e.g. @UrbanTweetIP  Group1 Mayday, mayday… under attack by a flock of royal pigeons

You can also follow us and see the live Tweet Feed @UrbanTweetIP



BLOGS: Group 1 | Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Group 10
Group 1
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5

Charlotte Van Walsem

Francesca Borsato

Lavinia Marin

Maria de las Cuevas

Rieke Bohling

Mathieu Munsch

Anthony Stanley

Yiming Zou

Gozde Sutcu Robin

Patric Moreno

Rick Jonker

Mary MacKenty

Greta Le Blansch

Caroline Allheily

Ilaria Zambulini

Nicola Wendt

Ayaka Kawachi

Carolina Teworte

Anastasia Babaeva

Nicolien Warnars

Raquel Alcega Giner

Nina Lindvall

Viktoria Pal

William Gandemer

Denis Kayzer

Leonie Beck

Jiana Yan

Sonya Vasileva

Elif Turel

Isabel Verdet Peris

Evangelia Papadopoulou

Jorick Albers

Hassan Ahmed Ismail Hashem

Caroline Froehlich

Debra van Kleinwee

Elisa Zwissler

Pei-Shan Yang

Mirja Simunaniemi

Fauzia Ariani

Nikolas Papageorgiou

Veronika Kaiser

Vasil Dimitrov

Group 6
Group 7
Group 8
Group 9
Group 10

Susann Hartleib

Murat Tutar

Emma Klever

Helena Mrozik

Adithya Pillai

Niek Zeeman

Kim Yu Lui

Kendra Cockburn

Eike-Maria Hinz

Marielle van Heumen

Michael Dimanshtein

Mariana Olsarova

Alexandra Mebane

Pia Derichs

Xichao Yu

Oier Lobera Ezenarro

Niccolo Beduschi

Maaike Goslinga

Luhe Zhu

Laura Leiss

Lourdes Parra Lazcano

Giulia Tonel

Makrina Amanatidou

Xia Yan

Hessel Luxen

Floor Boele van Hensbroek

Manon Eberhardt

Emma Bornai

Sabrina De Vivo

Jamina Vesta Jugo

Yi-Chun Chen

Miguel Boelen

Tianwen Zheng

Laura Marchetti

Aniek Marissink

Melanie Wimmer

Claudia Lubbers

Greta Rosada

Aude Perrot

Laura Leiss



A list of the Urban Challenge groups will be available in the next few days.



The Urban Challenge will roll out as follows:

Sunday, June 23
11:15 – 16:00
Stage 1 – Explore
Wednesday, June 26
16:30 – 19:30
Stage 2 – Engage
Friday 28th June
14:45 – 18:30
Stage 3 – Express
(preparation of presentation)
Saturday 29th June
10:00 – 12:30
14:00 – 16:00
Stage 3 – Express
(Final preparation)
(Final presentations, wrap-up & awards)

You can also look at the programme schedule to locate the Urban Challenge time slots.



These are the variables which will be considered by the Urban Challenge Jury to asses your projects & presentations.


Points to be awarded

Project makes appropriate use of the public space


Project comes in at a low cost (i.e within the means of a city council or local authority)


Project should incorporate the findings of the first two stages of the Challenge (i.e the observation and research stages)


Project must show clear evidence of the full and active participation of the entire group


Project should be innovative


Project should aim to promote inclusivity


Project effectively uses a range of different media namely:- active participation on twitter- creative photos (Stage 1)- use of videos (Stage 2)


Project must show clear evidence of engagement with local stakeholders




Members of the Jury

  • To be defined.