Urban Development

Introduction

The environment changes rapidly. Social issues call for new solutions, particularly in cities. For example, how do we use the spaces available? How do we provide an attractive environment for living, work and leisure? How can we keep town and city centres accessible and the air clean? How can we improve liveability and people’s sense of safety, and help residents carry out local initiatives? And how do we organise all these processes and changes? 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.

At the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development, we use projects in which students from different disciplines. During the programme, students 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. They can analyse existing situations but also look to the future. Drawing on their in-depth knowledge and skills, they can respond flexibly to a rapidly changing society. Working closely with fellow students with different backgrounds, students learn how to think creatively and come up with new ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban challenges, which by their nature cover economic, social, spatial and sustainability issues.

Content

Semester 1 September – February

Induction period (1 ECTS):

  • Getting familiar with the living environment, university facilities, and teaching and learning strategies.

Sustainable Area Development (8 ECTS):

Interdisciplinary project on Sustainable Area Development and Environmental Strategic Planning as policy instruments

  • Develop sustainable scenarios and identify indicators of environmental and spatial quality.
  • Use research methodologies involving integrated area development and environmental impact assessments to predict effects, develop scenarios, perform multi-criteria analyses, and develop potential solutions.

Professional Skills Training (5 ECTS):

  • Research methods
  • Communication skills
  • Cooperation skills
  • Geographical Information Systems

Integrated Water Management and Sustainable Development (12 ECTS):

  • Lectures, excursions and seminar presentations
  • Individual research project

Lectures and assignments in one of the following majors (6 ECTS each):

  • Environmental Science, or
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Semester 2  February – July

Lectures and assignments in one of the following majors (30 ECTS each)

  1. Urban Regional Planning
  2. Urban Management
  3. Urban Design

 Ad 1 Urban Regional Planning:

  • Infrastructure and Mobility (3 ECTS)
  • Planning all over the world (3 ECTS)
  • Urban processes (3 ECTS)
  • Sustainable Development (3 ECTS)
  • Skills training (3 ECTS)

UrbanLab Projects 
All students work in professional -interdisciplinary – projects  with 12 ECTS in total.

Projects can be chosen from a list. Saxion School of GLUD works with governments, companies, universities, NGOs in urban projects. Topics include: climate proof cities, sustainable housing, mobility, smart energy, research by design.

Ad 2 Urban Management:

  • International economics (3 ECTS)
  • International and public law (3 ECTS)
  • European policy and politics (3 ECTS)
  • Sociology (3 ECTS)
  • Skills training (3 ECTS)

UrbanLab Projects
All students work in professional -interdisciplinary – projects  with 12 ECTS in total.

Projects can be chosen from a list. Saxion School of GLUD works with governments, companies, universities, NGOs in urban projects. Topics include: climate proof cities, sustainable housing, mobility, smart energy, research by design.

Ad 3 Urban Design

  • Regional Design
  • Urban Research
  • Landscape Design
  • Urban Process

UrbanLab Projects
All students work in professional -interdisciplinary – projects  with 12 ECTS in total.

Projects can be chosen from a list. Saxion School of GLUD works with governments, companies, universities, NGOs in urban projects. Topics include: climate proof cities, sustainable housing, mobility, smart energy, research by design.

Requirements

We welcome students with a minimum of 2 years higher education in a similar field. The programme is taught in English, check the requirements on www.saxion.edu/swb.