Online Autumn School Planning & Design for the Just Transition

The next edition of the ONLINE PLANNING SCHOOL FOR THE JUST TRANSITION will take place in OCTOBER 2022. Please keep an eye on this page for information on registration. The online school is FREE of charge and open to all students of the built environment all over the world.

This last edition took place ONLINE on 04, 11, 18, 25 November and 02 December 2021 at 18:30 (CET/Amsterdam time).

In 2019, The European Union launched its “European Green Deal”, aiming to make Europe carbon neutral by 2050. We all know the transition to sustainability is urgent, but will it be fair? Past transitions have always produced winners and losers, with the losing groups facing unemployment and poverty, with dire consequences for social cohesion. Think of the deindustrialization in the north of England, for example.

Therefore, an essential dimension of the European Green Deal is the concept of “just transition”, that is, a transition to a carbon-neutral economy that is fair and inclusive to all, “leaving no one behind”. Sustainable, fair, and inclusive urbanisation plays a key role in this endeavour.

With those ideas in mind Urbanism, with funding from the Delft Design for Values Institute (DDfV ), will organise an online summer school that addresses planning and designing cities and communities for the just transition by bringing together expertise from spatial planning, urban sustainability and resilience, resilience engineering, ethics of resilience and multi-actor systems.

This school actively contributes to the discussion of values in socio-technical transitions and urbanisation, namely issues connected to distributive, procedural and restorative spatial justice, as well as citizen participation, democracy and sustainability understood in its three essential dimensions: social, economic, and environmental. It addresses several SDGs, with a focus on SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and 13 (Climate Action).

In doing so, this summer school addresses the interactions between design and values (mitigation, embodiment, and generation) with an emphasis on operationalisation of societal values in inclusive vision making. This school uses societal conflicts stemming from the transition as springboards to dialogue.

This Summer School enables master students and young professionals to plan and design for the JUST TRANSITION and THE JUST CITY with a robust understanding of the entanglement between spatial justice and successful sustainability transitions.

The school is open and free for students from all over the world interested in planing and designing the JUST CITY.

Registration will open in June 2022.