The MIKROAKADEMIE is a peer-learning format focusing on students’ media literacy. It was developed to test new teaching methods in urban design, cartography and presentation techniques. It consists of approximately 3-4 workshops or seminars each semester, where students offer and visit different classes that reach beyond scopes of standard teaching discourses. They pass on and co-develop their knowledge of communication and representation techniques during the various stages of planning such as: photography, watercolour, video, remote sensing, special use of cartography/GIS etc.


The concept arose during the project “Innovation in Teaching: Teaching and Learning as a Counter-Current Process” which was funded by Stifterverband’s “Fellowship for Innovation in University Teaching”. At the centre of this experiment lied the testing of multiple ideas for (timely-compatible) teaching of methods, tools, skills and techniques for representation and communication of planning-information and urban design.