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Summer school: Pathways Towards Sustainable Futures

Dutch Urban, Environmental and Transportation Planning in an Era of Turbulence

Learn about planning in the Netherlands! This summer course is organised and taught by the University of Groningen (RUG), Groningen, the Netherlands, and delivered in cooperation with the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Escola de Arquitetura and supported by to other leading Brazilian universities: the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Santo Andre/São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil - Centro de Engenharia, Modelagem e Ciências Sociais Aplicadas (CECS), and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil - Escola de Engenharia and Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo.

Update Application Deadline / Procedure

The deadline for submitting applications (see below) has been extended to November 30, 2017. Applicants that submitted their application form before or on the original deadline date of November 15, 2017 will be accepted with priority if they meet the participation conditions (see below). On December 1, the link to the application form will be closed. After December 1, students interested in participating in PASF can check with Paul van Steen to see if there is still capacity left in PASF Part 1 or PASF Part 2.

- Paul van Steen, November 17, 2017

When?

Two parts: January 8-12, 2018 in Belo Horizonte (at UFMG) and January 17-30, 2018 in Groningen, The Netherlands. In the ideal situation, participants attend both parts - but each of these parts can also be attended separately.

How planning in the Netherlands aims to guide towards sustainable development

"Blue City"
"Blue City"

This course focuses on the achievements, challenges and innovations of urban and regional planning in the Netherlands. Some of the internationally well-known features of the Dutch planning system include:

  • dense urban development and compact cities, and almost no urban sprawl;
  • an exceptional high use of bicycles in the modal split (27% of all trips by bicycle);
  • ongoing adaptations to the challenges of climate and climate change (e.g., not less than 60% of the Dutch population lives below sea level);
  • high environmental standards, and innovative transportation planning aimed at reducing emissions and energy use;
  • affordable, high-quality housing (also for lower income groups) in and mixed income neighborhoods;
  • culture of integrated and interactive decision-making;
  • heritage management policies aimed at utilizing past forms for present functions;
  • long tradition of water management for the urbanizing delta-region;
  • preservation of agricultural areas and nature areas, including the creation of ‘new nature’.

The planning policies and strategies behind these features are discussed in this summer school, as well as possibilities to transfer the concepts and policies to Brazil.

Windpark
Windpark

A two-country based summer school course

  1. The first part will be delivered as a "summer course" at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Escola de Arquitectura, Monday January 8 – Friday January 12, 2018. This part will consist of lectures, reflective seminars and assignments, all delivered by planning professors from the Planning Department of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) in cooperation with professors from UFMG.
  2. The second part will be delivered as a "winter course" at the University of Groningen (UG) in Groningen, The Netherlands, Wednesday January 17 - Tuesday January 30, 2018. This part will also include lectures and seminars, but will put more focus on site visits and excursions. A mini conference will be included in this second part of this winter school course.

Although participants are encouraged to attend both parts of the summer school, it is possible to only attend part 1 or to attend only part 2.

  • In January 2018, part 1 will be delivered free of cost at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte for students from Brazil. The maximum number of participants has been set at 75. A significant number of slots will be reserved for students from UFMG, the hosting university for the 2018 edition. All lectures and workshops will be in English.
  • In January 2018, part 2 will be delivered in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands; the course fee of 495 for part 2 is the fee that is required to cover the costs for a bicycle, bus-excursions, various meals and admission fees. For this fee of 495, participants are expected to organize their own housing. A limited number of rooms in International Student Houses will be available for a surcharge of 350 (so a total fee of € 845). The maximum number of participants has been set at 25.

Both parts of the summer course PASF together have a credit load of 5 European credits (EC's). One European credit stands for 28 hours of study; one full academic year has a total of 60 EC's. Certificates will be made available for each of the two parts of PASF.

Is this course for you?

The course builds on the experiences and positive evaluations of a large number of Brazilian students in “Architecture and Urbanism”, “Environmental Engineering” and related disciplines. These students had the opportunity to study at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen as a “Science without Borders” student between 2013 and 2016.

The summer school course primarily targets students from Brazilian universities. These could be students that have finished their degree program, or students that have completed at least 5 semesters in their current undergraduate programme. This course is open for all students from all disciplines that are eager to learn about the unique and specific planning tools and policies that have been implemented in the field of sustainable urban and regional development in the Netherlands.

The summer school course in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 8-12 January 2018, is open to students from all Brazilian institutions of higher education. Non-Brazilian international students are also welcome, if there is sufficient capacity (see above). The optional second part in Groningen is open to all international students.

Both parts of the course are delivered in English. Participants are expected to have a sufficient command of the English language in order to participate in discussions and to write short essays. You do not need to submit proof of a language test, but an English language proficiency equal to TOEFL 550 or IELTS 5.5 is expected.

Part 1, 8-12 January, 2018 at UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

indicative timetable (based on the 2017 edition; details to be confirmed)

Monday

January 8

SETTING THE SCENE

Tuesday

January 9

DUTCH WAYS TO CONTROL LAND USE

Wednesday

January 10

CULTURES OF PLANNING

Thursday

January 11

DUTCH WAYS TO CONTROL LAND USE

Friday

January 12

APPRECIATING DIVERSITY

9:00 to 10:00 Arrival, Registration Informal talks and reflection

Fieldwork #2: Getting to an improvement plan

Informal talks and reflection Fieldwork #3: Formulating a Dutch response to a Brazilian problem

10:00 to 12:00

Introduction: Acquaintance & Explanations

Water Management: the right amount of water in the right place at the right time

Green Spaces matter: Improving liveability and biodiversity by connecting the dots

14:00 to 16:00

Out basic toolkit: Sustainability and the essence of plans, planning and planners

Housing provision: How to prevent divided cities

Reflection session: Identifying cultures of planning

Environmental Planning: Incentives to suppress pollution

Group presentations and discussion

Fieldwork #1: Reviewing a place's qualities

Transport Planning: Balancing travel needs, modal shift and infrastructure

Fieldwork #2: Group work on the improvement plan

Energy Landscapes: Dealing with energy sources above ground

Reflection session: Types of plans, planning and planners

18:30 to 19:00

Explanation Fieldwork #2

Explanation Fieldwork #3

Certificate Ceremony and farewell

This is an indicative timetable – minor changes possible. All sessions will be delivered in English.

Part 2, 17-30 January, 2018 in Groningen, The Netherlands

indicative timetable based on the 2017 edition

The two week programme includes site visits and excursions related to the topics presented in Part 1 (see above), as well as lectures/seminars on a number of new or deepened topics. The focus is on seeing and experiencing the Dutch planned landscapes.

AM PM
Wednesday, January 17 arrival in Groningen PASF Welcome dinner
Thursday, January 18

Welcome and Acquaintance session; collect bicycles, PASF lunch

Lecture "Planning the Compact City - The City of Groningen"
Friday, January 19 Bus Excursion "Planning the Compact City - The City of Groningen" incl. visit Ecological Neighbourhood
Saturday, January 20 Walking tour: "Inner-city planning, design and management"

[ free time ]

Sunday, January 21

[ free time ]

Bus Excursion "Rural Planning: The Blue City residential and recreational area"
Monday, January 22 Lecture "Adaptive Planning" Lecture "Transit oriented development"
Tuesday, January 23 Lecture "Sustainabile Mobility: Bicycle usage and bicycle infrastructure" Bicycle Excursion "Planning for bicycle infrastructure"
Wednesday, January 24 Bus Excursion "Water Management Past, Present and Future - From Civil Engineering to Living with water"
Thursday, January 25 Lecture "City marketing and branding in the Netherlands" Lecture "Flood resilience"
Friday, January 26 Lecture "Infrastructure Management" Site visit (by bicycle) "City of Groningen Waste Department" incl. site visit "Redevelopment of Ring South Highway"
Saturday, January 27 Bus Excursion: "Planning a Polynuclear World City: Randstad Holland" (Amsterdam, Rotterdam) incl. PASF lunch and PASF dinner
Sunday, January 28 [ free time ] [ free time ]
Monday, January 29 Bus Excursion: "Integration of Urban and Regional Public Transportation", incl. site visits Regional Transportation Office, Shared Space road design, Park-and-Ride location
Tuesday, January 30 Time to work on assignment , PASF lunch Workshop "Pathways towards Sustainable Futures" + return bicycles + PASF farewell dinner

Application procedure

Interested students can apply for this summer course until November 15, 2017. Click to go to the application form. (Once you have filled in the form, a confirmation can be read if you scroll to the top of the page). Applicants also need to send in a motivation letter, in English, within 5 days of submission of the application form. For questions, please contact Paul van Steen, principle organizer and coordinator of the summer course PASF, and coordinator external educational cooperation, at p.j.m.van.steen@rug.nl - or contact Marcelo Maia, local organizer at the School of Architecture of UFMG, Belo Horizonte, marcelo.maia@gmail.com

Participation conditions:

  • The summer school course in Brazil (Part 1) targets students from Brazilian universities. Students from other countries are also welcome, if there is sufficient capacity
  • The winter school course in Groningen (Part 2) is open to all international students.
  • In an ideal world, participants take both Part 1 and Part 2, but these can also be taken separately.
  • Applicants for Part 1 or Part 2 should have completed at least 5 semesters in their current undergraduate programme, or should have completed an academic program (bachelor, master, PhD) in higher education.
  • The course is open for all students from all disciplines that are eager to learn about the unique and specific planning tools and policies that have been implemented in the field of sustainable urban and regional development in the Netherlands.
  • Both parts of the course are delivered in English. Participants are expected to have a sufficient command of the English language in order to participate in discussions and to write short essays. You do not need to submit proof of a language test, but an English language proficiency equal to TOEFL 550 or IELTS 5.5 is expected.

All participants for part 2 will be accepted for part 1. In case there is a higher demand for part 1 or part 2, we will seek to create more capacity. We will therefore also create a waiting list. All applicants will be informed of the acceptance procedure for part 1 in the before December 1st. Applicants for part 2 will receive acceptance information as soon as possible so that they can timely organize their travel arrangements.

Bicycles in Groningen
Bicycles in Groningen

Groningen, the Netherlands

Groningen is a compact city in the Northern part of the Netherlands, two hours from Amsterdam. It is known as a safe city, with a dense population of students, most of whom use bicycles as their main mode of transportation. Find out what this means for the city's transportation policy and infrastructure and watch this informative video 'Groningen: The World's Cycling City'

Laatst gewijzigd:22 november 2017 10:26