How do you plan future cities? Explore alternative theories and innovative solutions for urban challenges in the global south.
Learn about today’s urban challenges focusing on developing countries, referred to as the Global South. We will debate the benefits associated with three different themes, going beyond traditional urban strategies and policies:
- Spatial justice: Spatial justice is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges of urban contexts in emerging economies.
- Housing Provision and Management: Increasing demand in the Global South calls for alternative approaches in housing provision and management.
- Urban Resilience: Understanding resilience not as a mere struggle for survival, but as an opportunity to build better urban environments.
In the course, we will address questions such as:
- Is the ‘just city’ framework applicable to 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 architecture and urban planning course, academic urban planning expertise from TU Delft is used to formulate possible answers to these questions, and is applied in a range of challenging case studies from Ghana, Brazil, Malaysia, Chile, and China, among others. This course offers you a new perspective to understand and analyze 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.Urban Challenges in Africa
In addition, the course offers you a module focused on the specific urban challenges of the African continent. We will apply the three themes to different cases in this region and explore these with professionals working on the ground.RETHINK THE CITY PRIZE
Two course participants (one from Sub-Saharan Africa and another one from any other region in the world) will be granted a scholarship to travel to Delft to participate in the 2018 Summer School “Planning and Design with Water”. These scholarships, sponsored by the Rethink the City MOOC and the organizers of the Summer School, will cover the tuition fees, travel costs to the Netherlands and costs of board and lodging in Delft during the summer school. The selection criteria for this prize are available on the course syllabus.
What will you learn
- Alternative theories in spatial justice, housing provision and management, and urban resilience.
- Application of analytical tools and innovative solutions to contemporary urban challenges
- Develop a critical perspective about your own urban environment.
- New perspectives to understand and analyze the urban challenges of the global south.