Urban Studies: The Everyday City and Beyond

Explore the connections and tensions 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:  22 July - 10 August 2018
Housing Dates:  21 July - 11 August 2018
Academic Director: MSc Anna Dekker
Application deadline: 15 April 2018

*Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change

** Applications are open so that people applying for NUFFIC/NFP scholarships can work on their applications. Please note that we will be updating all of our course websites with new information in September.

6 ECTS, 3 weeks
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Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office