Netherlands, Amsterdam

The Everyday City and Beyond

when 7 July 2018 - 30 July 2018
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1550

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

Msc Anna Dekker
Anna Dekker (BA Sociology UvA; MA Urban & Regional Planning UvA; City Design and Social Science LSE) is specialized in socio-spatial urban dialectics.

Target group

Are you in your 3rd or 4th year of your undergraduate (Bachelor) degree, or are you a first-year Master's student?
Are you studying social sciences, political sciences, urban studies, a built environment discipline, or associated discipline?
Are you a professional or volunteer with a desire to learn more?
Are you curious about situating the concept of placemaking within a larger urban sociological context?

With students of architecture to political science and from social engineering to social work, the strength of the course is the interdisciplinary backgrounds of the students. If you fall into one of the categories above, then please fill-in our online application for the programme.

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.

Fee info

EUR 1550: The tuition fee includes:
Access to all course materials on Blackboard
public transportation card
All site visits and excursions
Lunch on class days
Welcome and Farewell dinners
Transcript from the UvA
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.
EUR 525: Housing fee


Various scholarships available. See the website for more information.

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