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Delft University Offers Free Online Course and a Prize for Architecture Students
Under the name “Rethink the City,” Delft University of Technology in Netherlands offers a free online course on the “New Approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges.” The course targets undergraduate and master’s students of architecture, urban planning, and other urban-related disciplines, and it does not require prior knowledge in urban planning. It starts on 28 March 2017, with a duration of six weeks and 3-4 studying hours per week.

In this course, the students will be learning about “today’s urban challenges,” with the main focus on developing countries, the “global south.” The course will be discussing the “the benefits of three pathways”:  Spatial Justice, Housing Provision and Management, and Urban Resilience. It will evoke questions within this framework and find answers to them while applying on “challenging” case studies from Ghana, Brazil, Malaysia, Chile, China, and others. All of this will be covered in short theoretical lessons, case-study presentations, and testaments by field practitioners. The course’s assignments will work on the enhancement of the students’ “critical perspective” about their urban environment. They will teach them how to employ their newly acquired knowledge into finding unconventional solutions to different urban issues.

The course will be, finally, offering a prize to one student, whose selection criteria has not yet been announced. However, the winning student will be getting the chance to participate in Delft University’s 2017 Summer School “Planning and Design with Water.” The summer school tuition fees, the costs of the accommodation during the summer school, and the travel costs to Netherlands will be covered by that prize.



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