Rethink the city: New Approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges

TU Delft Urban planning

Target Audience

This course is designed for undergraduate and master’s level students of architecture, urban planning and disciplines related to urban themes. Nevertheless, anyone interested in debating spatial justice, urban resilience, and housing provision and management are welcome.


Learn about today’s urban challenges focusing on developing countries, referred to as the Global South. We will debate the benefits associated with three different themes, going beyond traditional urban strategies and policies:
1.Spatial justice: Spatial justice is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges of urban contexts in emerging economies.
2.Housing Provision and Management: Increasing demand in the Global South calls for alternative approaches in housing provision and management.
3.Urban Resilience: Understanding resilience not as a mere struggle for survival, but as an opportunity to build better urban environments.

Learning Objectives

•Is the ‘just city’ framework applicable to cities with extreme socio-economic inequality?
•Can community-led housing initiatives provide effective solutions for households in need?
•How can resilience support development instead of perpetuating a disadvantaged condition?