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Rethink the City – New Approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges

By on March 30, 2018

TU Delft is offering a free online course focusing on three urban challenges of the Global South: spatial justice, housing provision and management, and resilience. In this new edition there is a new module focusing on the urban challenges of the African continent.

From the information page:

You’ll learn about today’s urban challenges focusing on developing countries, referred to as the global south. We will debate the benefits of three pathways, going beyond traditional urban strategies and policies:

1. Spatial justice

Spatial justice is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges of urban contexts in emerging economies.

2. Housing Provision and Management

Increasing demand in the global south calls for alternative approaches in housing provision and management.

3. Urban Resilience

Understanding resilience not as a mere struggle for survival, but as an opportunity to build better urban environments.

In this architecture and urban planning course, academic urban planning expertise from TU Delft is used to formulate possible answers to these questions, and is applied in a range of challenging case studies from Ghana, Brazil, Malaysia, Chile, and China, among others. This course offers you a new perspective to understand and analyze the urban challenges of the Global South.

Through a combination of short theoretical lessons, presentation of case studies, testimonies from practitioners and practical assignments you will also learn how to develop a critical perspective about your own urban environment and how to translate this knowledge into analytical tools and innovative urban solutions.

URBAN CHALLENGES IN AFRICA
In addition, the course offers you a module focused on the specific urban challenges of the African continent. We will apply the three themes to different cases in this region and explore these with professionals working on the ground.

This course is designed for undergraduate and master’s level students of architecture, urban planning and disciplines related to urban themes. Nevertheless, anyone interested in debating spatial justice, urban resilience, and housing provision and management are welcome.

No previous knowledge in urban planning or the Global South is required, just your eagerness to learn!

RETHINK THE CITY PRIZE
Two learners will be selected to come to Delft to participate in the 2018 Summer School “Planning and Design with Water”. This Rethink the City prize will cover the costs of the tuition fee for the summer school, the costs of board and lodging in Delft during the period of the summer school, and the travel costs to/from the Netherlands. The selection criteria for this prize will be communicated once the course starts.

What You’ll Learn

Alternative theories in spatial justice, housing provision and management, and urban resilience.
Application of analytical tools and innovative solutions to contemporary urban challenges
Develop a critical perspective about your own urban environment.
New perspectives to understand and analyze the urban challenges of the global south.

AESOP EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD 2017 

At the annual conference of AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning) the Architecture MOOC “Rethink the City: New approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges” received the Excellence in Teaching Award 2017.

Enroll here

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