The Hague, Netherlands

Sustainable Cities

when 2 July 2018 - 13 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 1750

Cities are growing; generally they grow at high rates in the developing world, but urban growth is also continuing in the industrialized world. Moreover, city dwellers consume more energy and resources than inhabitants of rural areas. Reducing the footprint of the urban dweller is of utmost importance for mitigating climate change, preventing resource depletion as well as for making cities more resilient to catastrophes.
Cities have scope to improve. Current urban systems are often quite inefficient. The growth of cities creates scope for renewal, as innovation can be far better achieved in new Greenfield urban districts.
Besides improving separate urban systems, improvements might be achieved by symbiosis of the various urban systems: for example -using the heat generated in a waste water treatment plant to feed a district heating system, or – using canals or rivers in the city for heating/cooling purposes.

The module will take place in Barcelona and The Hague. The first week of the mule, in Barcelona, the focus is on sustainable solutions at building level. Lectures will focus on solar power, heating and cooling, materials use for a small house. Also user behavior and user experiences will be analysed.
In the second week, participants move to The Hague. The focus will be more on the urban infrastructures of the city: How to provide the residents with drinking water, heat and electricity, remove sewage and waste, and prevent urban heat.
During the module, the participants work together in a multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas how sustainability challenges could be met in cities in developing nations. Both for developing and developed cities, it is important to develop strategic visions and scenarios and generate stakeholder support to implement it.

We will address the following important questions:

• How can the limited accessibility and availability of water affect conflict?
• How is conflict affecting availability and accessibility to water?
• What are the challenges related to water in war torn societies?
• How do such challenges affect businesses and society?
• What can the business sector do to address water related challenges?

This module is interactive with guest lecturers from businesses, civil and governmental sectors and related field visits.

The module is developed in collaboration with UPEACE and their Water and Peace programme.

Next to this module you will also follow the general module: Global Trends

Course leader

Mr Karel Mulder

Target group

The program is open to anyone who has completed at least their first year bachelor degree level education. Applicants whose native tongue is not English, should have a good knowledge of the English language (Level B2 or higher). The Hague Summer School reserves the right to determine if applicants English language level is appropriate.

Course aim

At the end of the course you will be able to:
1. Develop a comprehensive picture of urban systems and creating opportunities for innovating them
2. Learn scenario thinking and apply it to a real life situation
3. Recognize wicked problems, and find ways to overcome them
5. Develop and build upon relations with students from various educational backgrounds and nationalities.

Fee info

EUR 1750: You might be eligible to a discount. Please contact for more information on the fees.