Urban Studies: Planning & Living in Cities

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As our conceptions of space and how societal connections change, how do we cope with the evolution and development of cities in regards to housing and urban planning? What does it take to create a liveable urban environment, and how do inhabitants make use of space?

In this three-week programme students will explore the fundamental issues that are shaping the development and evolution of cities in the 21st century. With a focus on real urban places, set in both contemporary and historical contexts, the course will examine subjects such as neighborhood development and regeneration, housing finance and policy, city planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change on urban lives and spaces.

  • Enjoy Amsterdam as your living lab.
  • Explore topics such as: 1) city spaces and urban places; 2) homes, housing and household issues; 3) neighbourhoods; 4) city living and social segregation; 5) non profit housing.
  • Engage with a variety of faculty and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.
  • Go on excursions throughout Amsterdam and neighbouring cities to gain insight into different urban environments, seeing theories learned in class in practice.
  • We keep classroom sizes small to ensure personal interaction. Prepare to connect with people from all over the world!

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