Executive Programme: Affordable Housing & Affordable Cities

Start date

Sunday, 7 Jul 2019, 13:30

End date

Saturday, 13 Jul 2019, 12:30

This 7- day program addresses those in city planning, city management, urban infrastructure, housing policy, design, development and finance. The course is crafted for mid to senior level professionals from public and/or private sector – government, developers, architects, urban designers, financiers, consultants and academicians who together constitute the symbiotic ecosystem for making cities affordable and homes available for safe, dignified and productive living.

Application periodAccepting applications!

Sunday 7th July - Saturday 13th July 2019

IHS, Woudestein campus of Erasmus Univesity Rotterdam Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Mandeville/T building, 14th floor, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. (See for directions)


My Liveable City (MLC) in cooperation with 

the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam

While IHS will share ideas and experience from different countries of the developed and developing world, the experts from MLC Academy will ground these ideas in the Indian reality through workshops. Visits will be arranged to engage with city and housing corporations and projects. The course would cover these broad themes:
• Designing affordable and inclusive cities
• Designing affordable housing
• Urban Governance and policies
• Strategies for housing finance
• Social and economic sustainability
• Urban Infrastructure

All participants will receive a certificate from IHS-MLC Academy on completing the course successfully.
For more information on the programme, visit myliveablecity.com.


Day 1


- 18:00

Group gathering near the Mandeville Building, where the MLC - IHS team will welcome the participants. After a short round of introduction of the participants, Shyam Khandekar will provide the context to the course and during a bus-tour through The Hague and Rotterdam, he will give an introduction to the urban context in the Netherlands.                                 
Day 2
Lecture 1
9:30 - 10:45
What is an affordable city?
The Affordable city in the context of the Right to City and Housing.           
Maartje van Eerd (IHS)  
Lecture 2
11:15 - 12:30
What is affordable housing?
Introduction to the 5 A’s approach / coffee-table exercise.
Alonso Ayala + Ellen Geurts (IHS)
Lecture 3
13:30 - 15:00
Designing affordable cities
Factors which need to be looked into to make cities affordable and inclusive.
Shyam Khandekar (MLC)

Lecture 4
15:30 - 17:00
Designing affordable housing
Issues which need to be looked into to create Affordable Housing.
Ashok Lall (MLC)

Day 3

Lecture 1
9:30 - 10:45
Urban Governance for affordable cities and affordable housing: International lessons on Housing Policies
Alonso Ayala (IHS)

Lecture 2
11:15 - 12:30
Housing governance: the potential for experiences of institutional rental housing. International examples/ focus on South Africa
Ellen Geurts (IHS)

Visit to the municipality of Rotterdam 
13:30 - 17:30
Urban Governance in practice: presentations by Municipal authority.

Day 4

Lecture 1
9:30 - 10:45
Understanding the financial framework of affordable housing/subsidies and other measures.
Ellen Geurts (IHS)

Lecture 2
11:15 - 12:15
International examples of housing subsidy mechanisms with a focus on the Netherlands.
Ellen Geurts (IHS)
Siddharth Khandekar (Deloitte Advisory, Netherlands)

Bus trip to the City of Vlaardingen
12:15 - 13:00 
Arrival and lunch at Housing Corporation Waterweg Wonen in Vlaardingen.

Visit a “Woningbouwcorporatie” (Social Housing Corporation)
14:00 - 17:00
Presentations by officials of the organisation and visit to a Social Housing project
Day 5
Lecture 1
9:30 - 10:45
Social and Economic sustainability:  Transformation process in Affordable Housing / Settlement Upgrading
Alonso Ayala (IHS)
Lecture 2
11:15 - 12:30
Designing for sustainability in affordable housing
Ashok Lall (MLC)
Lecture 3
13:30 - 14:45
Designing urban neighbourhoods for affordable housing: how to combine the goals of sustainability with the goals of affordability, with design examples.
Vinayak Bharne (MLC)
Hands-on design workshop: International scope.
15:00 - 17:30
Participants in multi-disciplinary groups to work on a given exercise.
Guidance by: Ashok Lall, Vinayak Bharne, Shyam Khandekar (MLC)
Day 6
Starts at 9:30
Principles of human settlement planning
Alonso Ayala (IHS)
Urban walk: Applications of principles of Settlement Planning
11:00 - 15:00
Alonso Ayala (IHS)
Hand-on design workshop: Indian Context
15:30 - 17:30
In continuation of the workshop on Day 5.
Guidance by: Ashok Lall, Vinayak Bharne, Shyam Khandekar (MLC)
Day 7
9:30 - 12:30Evaluation and concluding session will be held at Hotel New York (Tuschinsky 1 Hall)
All lectures from Day 2 to Day 6 will be held at the IHS Faculty building on the campus of Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Staff profiles

IHS Staff (click to view the full profile)

Vinayak Bharne 

Senior Expert in Architecture and Urban Design 

Vinayak Bharne is Principal and Director of Design of the award-winning architecture/planning practice, Moule & Polyzoides, in Los Angeles, USA. He is also Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Urbanism at the University of Southern California, and Executive Editor of My Liveable City. His professional work ranges from satellite cities, new towns, neighbourhood and district master plans, mobility plans, inner-city revitalization, resort villages, campuses and housing for corporate, private and institutional clients; to urban regulations, policies and strategic advising for government and non-government agencies in the United States, Canada, India, Australia, China, United Arab Emirates, Panama, Kenya and Mauritius. His projects have received numerous local and national awards. These include the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement – Overall Excellence by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the 2013 Pinnacle Award from the International Downtown Association, five national Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism; and the Excellence in Planning Implementation Award from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association. He is the author/editor of four books including “The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms” (Routledge, 2012), and the forthcoming “Routledge Companion of Global Heritage Conservation” (Routledge 2018). He is the author of more than 50 articles on urban design and planning including “Humanizing High-rise Urbanism: Design Strategies and Planning Tools,” and “The Affordable City: Bridging Urban Extremes with an Equitable Middle.” Profiled as an emerging thought leader by World Architecture News in 2013, he was one of nine international urban practitioners and scholars honoured at the 2015 Urban Edge Award seminar at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for “excellence in the broad field of urban design and the ability of individuals to create major, positive change within the public realm through engaging research, critical practice and urban activism.”

Prof. Ashok Lall

Senior Expert in Architecture and Sustainability 

Ashok Lall, b. 1948, graduated from the University of Cambridge U.K. in Architecture & Fine Arts and obtained the Architectural Association Diploma in 1970. His architectural firm (estd. 1981) is committed to an architectural practice based on the principles of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The firm has won a number of awards and its work has been published widely. Engaged in architectural education since 1990, he has developed curricula and teaching methods to address environmental issues. He has published many articles and presented papers on environmentally sustainable design and has been an active member of institutions and groups promoting awareness and building competence in sustainable design of buildings. He has been invited to present his work on a sustainable design for a developing world at various fora in India and abroad, including UK, Australia, Switzerland, Egypt, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Uganda, Iran, Philippines and Mexico. He was chair of the Jury for the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, Asia Pacific Region and member of the Global Jury. He is presently Design & Technology Chair at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai. He has been a consultant to the Swiss Development Agency and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India for the Building Energy Efficiency Programme. Here he has participated in developing Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Multi-storeyed Residential Buildings and the development of Energy Efficiency Code for Group Housing.

Ir. Shyam Khandekar

Senior Expert in Urban Planning and Urban Design 

Shyam Khandekar is an Architect, Urban Designer and Urban Planner and has over 40 years of professional experience in various aspects of the design of cities and their (urban) landscape and public spaces. He is an alumnus of IHS, Rotterdam (1973), and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Design from the University of Manchester (UK) (1976) and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Technical University of Delft ( Netherlands)( 1978), besides holding a B.Arch( Hons) degree in Architecture from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kharapur, India (1972). Shyam has founded and led his own private practice in the Netherlands for more than 25 years and has been working and leading multidisciplinary design-teams engaged in large complex urban projects in Europe and in India. As founder of his design studio, Shyam has led, among others, the design of the award-winning Paleiskwartier in the Netherlands and the Nirlon Knowledge Park in Mumbai, India. As Chairman of BDP.
KHANDEKAR, Netherland and BDP.INDIA, Shyam was responsible for leading design teams which won the competitions for both IIT, Mandi campus and the sustainable IIT, Jodhpur campus in India. He has lectured extensively around the world in conferences and at universities on issues related to the liveability of cities and on his own designs. He is co-founder and Editorial Director of the international magazine MY LIVEABLE CITY.


The tuition fees for the course will be € 1250 net. This will cover the cost of lectures, workshops and all visits to organisations and sites during the 7-day programme.
Each participant is expected to make his/her own arrangements for the travel to Rotterdam and to arrange for his/her board and lodge.
The number of participants will be restricted to 40 and reservations to eligible candidates will be made on first-come, first, serve basis.

Number of participants 

The course will take place with a minimum number of 20 participants.
The maximum number of participants is 40.


The tuition fees for the course is € 1250 net, payable to MLC in Mumbai. Registration of eligible candidates will take place on a first-come, first- serve basis. Registration is deemed to be confirmed on payment of the registration fees. The final decision on the course taking place (being dependent on having a minimum number of 20 registrations) will be taken by 15th of May 2019.

Travel and Visa

Participants are expected to arrange their travel on their own. MLC/ IHS will be able to issue a letter of acceptance for the course on registration so that this can be used for applying for a visa for the Netherlands. This visa (Schengen Visa) will also give access to other countries in Europe. All international flights from India arrive at Amsterdam Airport. There is a direct and regular train connection from Amsterdam Airport to Rotterdam. The train ride takes a little over an hour.

Boarding and lodging 

Participants are expected to make their own arrangements in booking their accommodation. Some information on this can be got from MLC ( mitali.myliveablecity@gmail.com ). While boarding, lunch and dinner costs can vary depending on the choice of each participant, an amount of € 125 per day may be taken as a rough indication of costs the participants will have to bear in mind.

Please contact Mitali Choudhary on mitali.myliveablecity@gmail.com for reserving your place or further information.

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