9 Urban and Regional Planning Summer Schools in Europe (2016)

It is becoming some sort of tradition, the LVBLCITY list of urban/regional planning summer schools in Europe. Also this year, there are many interesting summer schools across the continent, and the deadlines of many of them are approaching. This list does not contain all the courses out there, but is rather a selection of courses that we at LVBLCITY find particularly interesting.

1. Urban Studies: Housing, People & City Spaces

Institution: University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Fee: 1675 Euro
Dates: 3/7/2016 - 22/7/ 2016
Registration deadline: March 1, 2016
Student profile: Applicants for this summer course must be at least undergraduate (Bachelor) students entering their 3rd or 4th year. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA is required.
Description: “Housing and urban issues have come to the forefront of social, economic and environmental debates in recent years as metropolitan modes of living have become even more widespread and globally pervasive.

In this three-week programme students will explore the fundamental issues that are shaping the development and evolution of cities in the 21st century. With a focus on real urban places, set in both contemporary and historical contexts, the course will examine subjects such as architecture and neighborhood design, housing finance and policy, city planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change on urban lives and spaces.” Read more.

2. Designing a Medical Neighborhood for Existing Needs and Markets

Institution: TU-Berlin
Location: Berlin, Germany
Fee: 2450 Euro
Dates: 11/7/2016 - 18/8/2016
Registration deadline: -
Student profile: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.
Description: “In an effort to attain stronger sustainable healthcare systems; Designing a Medical Neighborhood encourages participants to understand and analyze neighborhoods (components and networks) as the possible setting for patient-centered and out–of–hospital care to take place.” Read more.

3. Art and the City

Institution: Innes Institute
Location: Vienna, Austria
Fee: Student 800 Euro, Professional 1050 Euro
Dates: 4/7/2016 - 22/7/2016
Registration deadline: -
Student profile: Graduate, Undergraduate, Professional
Description: “Art and design play a major role in the growing interurban competition that is shaping the global scenario today and is developing the creative industry in our cities worldwide. This course will focus on a variety of subjects dealing with contemporary cities. This includes not just Public Art and its role in shaping the visual identity of contemporary cities, but also the importance of the development of the creative industry, the notion of Richard Florida’s creative class, UNESCO design cities and the role of memorials in public space.” Read more.

4. Social Policies & the Urban Fabric

Institution: University of Amsterdam, UvA
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Fee: 1525 Euro
Dates: 19/6/2016 - 7/7/2016
Registration deadline: 1/4/2016
Student profile: at least undergraduate (Bachelor) students entering their 3rd or 4th year. 1st or 2nd year students are welcome to apply, but a strong personal motivation letter and reference letter are recommended, because the level of the programme is highly competitive.
description: “How are policy making efforts aimed at creating inclusive, just, safe and lively cities projected onto the urban landscape? This undergraduate summer programme challenges students to explore the dialectics between a variety of social policies and the planning, design and experience of Amsterdam.” Read more.

5. Planning the Cycling City

Institution: University of Amsterdam, UvA
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Fee: 1525 Euro
Dates: 19/6/2016 - 7/7/2016
Registration deadline: 1/3/2016
Student profile: Undergraduates in their final years, and up. Also professionals.
Description: “This graduate level programme will explore urban cycling from a Dutch perspective, both historical and current, and provide students with a host of skills on how to develop and foster cycling cities and insights on what this means.” Read more.

6. Urban Culture in Theory and Action

Institution: University of Copenhagen
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fee: It depends where you come from
Dates: 8/8/2016 - 20/8/2016
Registration deadline: 1/4/2016
Student profile: Master students
Description: “The course focuses on cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation in the city by combining urban theory with hands-on practice. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and field trips, the student will engage with cultural practitioners, social activists and urban theorists from Copenhagen and around the world.” Read more.

7. New Urban Life Across the Globe: Activism and Change in a World of Cities

Institution: University of Copenhagen
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fee: It depends where you come from
Dates: 25/7/2016 - 5/8/2016
Registration deadline: 1/4/2016
Student profile: Master students
Description: “Recent years have thus seen a surge in horizontally organized political movements, experiments in local governance, new forms of protest and grassroots initiatives, eco-activism and social innovation in cities and smaller towns spanning from Barcelona to Istanbul, Hong Kong to Detroit, and Bogotá to Cape Town. Uniting these trends is the belief that the state and its traditional institutions cannot meet all the needs arising from urbanization, and that real democratic change must begin from below.” Read more.

8. 22nd IFHP Urban Planning and Design Summer School

Institution: International Federation for Housing and Planning
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Fee: 620 Euro
Dates: 8/8/2016 - 20/8/2016
Registration deadline: 22/4/2016
Student profile: -
Description: “Global circulation of people, capital and goods is constantly changing our cities. Urban infrastructures are rather stable, but still, societal changes pose new demands for built environment. Urban dynamics can change more rapidly than we even think of: we work and live differently, our consumption habits change constantly, and mobility patterns are different than they used to be. All this calls for more adaptable urban environment, diverse public spaces and open processes to improve our quality of life despite challenges.” Read more.

9. Unpacking Spatial planning as the Governance of Place

Institution: Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung & Stockholm University
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Fee: no info
Dates: 25/08/2016 – 27/08/2016
Registration deadline: 28/02/2016
Student profile: young academics and experienced experts within the field of spatial planning and governance.
description: “Since the early 1990s, the concept of ’governance’ has been commonly used as a framework for describing the various types of interplay between the state, market actors and civil society and particularly the increased involvement of non-state actors promoting new interaction pathways. Similarly, spatial planning is called to address a number of topical societal challenges, such as climate change, regional economic development, spatial segregation, or the provisions of services of general interest, which are undoubtedly no longer solvable by the state itself.”  Read more.

Do you think we’ve missed a particularly interesting summer school? Let us know by leaving a comment below. you could also check out summerschoolsineurope.org for more courses.