Programme at a glance
Mode of instruction: On-campus (3 weeks) Academic dates: Sunday 21 July - Thursday 8 August 2024 (tentative) Housing dates: Friday 19 July - Friday 09 August (tentative) Academic fees:
€1750 (tentative) read more about what is included in the fees.
€2000 (tentative) read more about what is included in the fees.
Housing fees: €685 (tentative). Housing is optional. Read more about university-organised accomodation. Credits: 6 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer. Early admissions deadline: Thursday 1 February 2024. Applications are processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. Regular admissions deadline: Friday 15 March 2024 Who is this programme for? Students should be in good academic standing to participate in the summer school. For current university students (upper-year Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest and background in urban studies, earth sciences, and sustainability (and other related fields). Also open for working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field.
In this three-week summer programme, students are taught how to leverage the potential of cities via a new paradigm for urban planning and design: urban metabolism. While this concept has been around for over 50 years, recent interest in it has rejuvenated the fields of urban studies, industrial ecology, and architecture. Urban metabolism can be defined as the sum total of the technical and socio-economic processes that occur in cities, resulting in growth, and production of energy, materials, and waste. The city is viewed by its ‘material flows’, generally defined into water, energy, materials (including food), and waste. These flows consist of inputs (local, regional, and global inflow of resources), throughputs (energy required to transform these resources and waste produced by any process), and outputs (the material outcome of this process).
This interdisciplinary course unravels the complexity behind truly sustainable urban development. The first week of the course will unravel the academic and theoretical perspectives behind sustainability approaches, the second week will dive into methods and tools for a more hands-on approach, and in the final week, participants will perform their own material flow analysis of a given neighbourhood in Amsterdam. Through studying examples from Amsterdam and by sharing best practices and key challenges from their home contexts, participants will learn about several aspects of urban resilience from ecological, economic, and cultural perspectives.
Through the use of different tools, scientific methods and analysis, students will experience experimental urban design both theoretically, and gain an introduction to innovative tools and methods, able to apply their knowledge learned in a wide variety of settings.
Explore our community
Want to get to know more about studying in Amsterdam? Follow us on social media and join our summer community. Get a feel for our summer school vibe and our academic and social community, and learn about studying with us through the eyes of past summer school students.
Looking for an alumni perspective? Read this interview with Piotr Barzack, who attended The Circular City in summer 2018.