Urban Studies: The Everyday City and Beyond

Connect the dots between the social and spatial dimensions of urban development.

This three-week interdisciplinary course unravels the practice, theory, policies and politics of ‘placemaking,' taking Amsterdam as a site for analysis and action.

Placemaking is more than a method, it relates to sociological theory, environmental psychology, and the micro-politics of the use and experience of places. Situating placemaking at a larger scale, this course focuses on topics such as community building, diversity and 'the right to the city'. 

Gain new insights into the fundamental choices and challenges involved in shaping the city. See how policy and design intentions play out in various Amsterdam neighborhoods and communities. And finally, develop a practical skill set by proposing a placemaking strategy for a selected site.


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Academic Dates: 10 July - 28 July 2017
Housing Dates: 10 July - 31 July
Academic Director: MSc Anna Dekker
Application deadline: 15 April 2017


6 ECTS, 3 weeks
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Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office