Rethink the City MOOC Prize

‘Rethink the City’ MOOC Prize

arch_rtc1_edx_318x210-2One leading participant of the online course RETHINK THE CITY: New approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges will be selected to come to Delft to participate in the 2017 Summer School “Planning  and Design with Water”.

This course helps you explore alternative theories and innovative solutions for urban challenges in the global south. For more information, please click  HERE.

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 The Netherlands. The selection criteria for this prize will be communicated upon the course start.

What is the ‘Rethink the City’ online course?

In this massive online course (MOOC), you’ll learn about today’s urban challenges focusing on developing countries. 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.

  1. Housing Provision and Management

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

  1. Urban Resilience

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

We will discuss question such as:

  • Is the just city framework applicable in cities with extreme socio-economic inequality?
  • Can community-led housing initiatives provide effective solutions for households in need?
  • How can resilience support development instead of perpetuating a disadvantaged condition?

In this course elaborated at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft, academic urban planning expertise  is used to formulate possible answers to these questions, and is applied in a range of challenging case studies in Ghana, Brazil, Malaysia, Chile, and China, among others. This course offers you a new perspective to understand and analyse 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.

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

No previous knowledge in urban planning or global south is required, just your eagerness to learn! Enrol HERE and get the chance to come to the Summer School!