Designing Inclusive & Climate Resilient Cities

Sunday 14 Aug 2022, 09:00 - Friday 19 Aug 2022, 17:00
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The executive programme on Designing Inclusive and Climate Resilient Cities is a 1-week course organised by My Liveable City Academy in cooperation with IHS. The course will be held at the IHS building on the campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam from 14-19 August 2022.

The multi-disciplinary programme explains how thinking simultaneously on issues of urban planning, infrastructure, landscape and housing can lead to equitable and climate-resilient cities. The course is specially crafted for mid-to senior-level professionals from public and/or private sectors who together constitute the symbiotic ecosystem for designing inclusive and climate-resilient cities. 

Participants will have the chance to work closely with urban professionals in the field including IHS professors Dr Alexander JachnowDr Anitra Baliga, Dr Alonso AyalaLaura Quadros and Dr Paul Rabé. 

For participants from India - the course fees will be INR 100, 000 (plus taxes)
For participants outside India - the course fee will be € 1, 250

Course Schedule

A 3-hour bus trip in areas around Rotterdam, introducing the participants to the landscape and urban scene of the Netherlands. 

Lecture 1: The logic of simultaneously thinking of infrastructure, planning and landscape by Shyam Khandekar (MLC)

Lecture 2: The Governance of Planning Cycles: ensuring efficient Infrastructure implementation by Alexander Jachnow (IHS)

Lecture 1: On Urban Resilience by Alexander Jachnow (IHS)

Lecture 2: Land - Water - Human Nexus by Paul Rabé (IHS)

Lecture 3: The role of Streets in achieving environmental, social and economic resilience by Vinayak Bharne (MLC + the University of Southern California)

Site visits 
Voorburg’s Molenvliet Park designed for Climate Change: on site talk by landscape architect Wijnand Bouw (Bosch & Slabbers)
Public Spaces and Streets of the city of LEIDEN as designed for Climate Resilience: on-site talk by landscape architect Aviva Schulze (City of Leiden official)

Lecture 1: Towards socially-responsible housing development by Anitra Baliga (IHS)

Lecture 2: The five A’s of inclusive housing by Alonso Ayala (IHS)

Lecture 3: Social Housing in the Netherlands: Historic development and future perspectives by Siddharth Khandekar (Deloitte Real Estate Advisory, Netherlands)

Site visits
A visit to one of the larger Housing Corporations, De Woonbron in Rotterdam and to its projects.
On-site talk by Woonbron officials on post design occupancy, management and how they continue to adapt to future needs of the housing families.

Lecture 1: Concepts on integrating “NBS” global experience and lessons learnt by Laura Quadros (IHS)

Lecture 2: On Building with Nature: theory and practice by Erik van Eekelen (Ecoshape)

Site visit - Den Bosch 
Paleiskwartier: a large urban project where issues of sustainability have been tackled by redeveloping an industrial site. Includes largest water pond solar collector in NL (with parking under it)
A visit to the Paleisbrug: a major pedestrian and cycle bridge over a broad railway emplacement which doubles up as a linear park.
A visit to the historic city where the reuse of an old contaminated river and the historic urban elements.

Lecture 1: Principles of Human Settlement Planning by Alonso Ayala (IHS)

Lecture 2: Case studies of urban redevelopment from Belgium by Ashim Manna & Sheeba Amir (MLC + PhD Researchers, Belgium)

Site visit 
Urban walk  - Applications of principles of Settlement Planning with Alonso Ayala (IHS)

Please contact Mitali Choudhary at for further information.

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