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Placemaking in the City

Cities and the lives of inhabitants are intrinsically connected: both give meaning to and form one another. As citizens and visitors of cities move through urban spaces, how are their actions and reactions molded by their encounters with the urban environment? How does the methodology of placemaking play a role in understanding the connections and tensions between people and space?

How to apply

Programme at a glance

Academic dates   5 July - 23 July 2020  
Housing dates   4 July - 25 July 2020  
Academic fee:   € 1600 read more about what’s included  
Housing fee:   € 625 for a private room with shared facilities and a € 75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters  
Credits:     6 European Credits   
Who is this programme for?                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For current university students (Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in placemaking and urban studies. For young professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field.     
Academic director    Iris van Huis & Javier Koole  
Early application deadline    1 February 2020  
Regular application deadline    1 April 2020  

Programme description

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 is a philosophy for the development and experience of cities, combining disciplines such as sociology, environmental psychology, (micro)political science, architecture and urban design. Situating placemaking in a mixed academic context, this course focuses on topics such as public space, community, 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. Last year, this programme will focus on newcomers' integration into the physical, social, and psychological fabric of the city.

The three-week programme will consist of (guest) lectures, workshops and excursions within and outside of Amsterdam. In parallel ethnographic research sessions, students work in interdisciplinary groups researching and developing a placemaking strategy for a selected site/community.

A core component of this programme are the research and development sessions, which will form the basis of the work for the final presentation in Amsterdam. Across the three weeks, students develop their practical skills involved in a placemaking process. From start to finish, these include research skills such as observation, mapping, interviewing, stakeholder analysis, and visual/tangible presentation methods related to the final project. The interdisciplinary groups spend various morning and afternoon sessions conducting interviews, researching, and developing their placemaking strategy both on and off site.

Placemaking in the City
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English