Netherlands, Amsterdam

Placemaking in the City

when 7 July 2019 - 25 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1575

Connect the dots 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.

Course leader

Dr. Iris van Huis

Target group

For current university students (Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in placemaking and urban studies. For working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field.

Course aim

The three-week programme will consist of (guest) lectures, workshops and excursions within and outside of Amsterdam. In a parallel ‘RapidLab’, students work in interdisciplinary groups developing a Placemaking strategy for a selected site.

Students reflect on the programme in a photo-blog, collaborate in groups and write an individual final essay.

Credits info

6 EC
Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university.

Fee info

EUR 1575: The tuition fee includes:
access to all course materials;
a public transportation card;
all site visits and excursions;
lunch on class days;
welcome and farewell events;
official transcript from the UvA.
EUR 500: Housing fee (optional)


Various scholarships available. See the website for more information.

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