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Urban Development - Urban Design

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    5 Months

The environment is changing rapidly. Social issues call for new solutions, particularly in cities. For example, how do we use the available space? How do we provide an attractive environment for living, work and leisure? What role can we expect citizens, businesses, government and political leaders to play? Urban Development teaches students how to shape, plan, design and manage this changing environment.

This is an exchange programme from the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development.
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Team work

During the programme, students from Urban Studies courses work together to carry out projects. They are trained to be multidisciplinary ‘urban professionals’, who know how to connect people, design, business, government, and policy.

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Future perspective

Students will have a futuristic outlook and perspective when designing solutions related to different issues. They will apply their knowledge and skills and will act resiliently to a rapidly changing society in which many challenges occur.

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Additional skills

Working with fellow students from the other Urban Studies and Public Management courses, students will learn how to be creative and innovative in designing ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban challenges. Next to this, research skills will be developed as well as communication skills in an (inter)cultural context so that students are well equipped in the future.

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Urban design

As an urban designer, you develop creative concepts for the environment we live in. You have an eye for its beauty and quality and can link places to social trends and current affairs. Subjects include urban design and architecture. You will learn how people use a city and what urban design (research) models to apply in order to design a vibrant urban society. You are able to translate your ideas into powerful, future-proof solutions, which you work out in detail in drawings, mock-ups or a 3D presentation.

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Course content



At the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development, we use teaching, skills training workshops and projects to teach students how to become urban professionals. All subjects relate to Urban and Regional Development. During projects, students from different disciplines work in teams and with professionals on real-life projects in what we call our CityLab. You will be trained to be a multidisciplinary ‘urban professional’, who knows how to connect people and places. You can analyse existing situations but also look to the future. Focussing on your in-depth knowledge and skills, you can respond in an agile way to a rapidly changing society. Working closely with other students from different backgrounds, you will learn how to think creatively and come up with new ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban and regional challenges which involve economic, social, spatial and sustainability issues.

  • Saxion City Lab (9 EC)
  • Portfolio assignment (3 EC)
  • Research Skills (3 EC)
  • Effective communication in an intercultural context (3 EC)
  • Urban models (3 EC)
  • Systems & flows (3 EC)

Free electives (you can choose 2)

  • Sustainable area development (3 EC)
  • European policy and politics (3 EC)
  • Urban land use and mobility (3 EC)
  • European and international law (3 EC)

  • You will work together with other international but also Dutch students and will learn from each other’s perspectives on urban and natural places
  • You will work with business professionals on real-life projects in the City Lab
  • Living technology: you will learn to design SMART solutions 
  • Additional courses on research and intercultural communication
  • High-quality supervision by instructors who mostly are from the workfield
  • You will get to know the Dutch way of living and its national and professional culture in urban planning
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Your student life in the city of Deventer

Hanseatic city, Koekstad, Boekenstad, but of course the most important: student city. The narrow streets with nice boutiques and the Brink make Deventer very cozy. It is a city where you are quickly known, but where there is always something new to discover.
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