Executive Programme: Infrastructure, Planning & Landscape for Sustainable Cities

Start date

Sunday, 30 Jun 2019, 13:30

End date

Saturday, 6 Jul 2019, 13:00

Spoken Language

This 7-day programme is created for professionals involved in the fields of Infrastructure planning & design, urban planning & landscape architecture, infrastructure development and finance. The course is specially crafted for mid to senior level professionals from public and private sectors - governments, architects, civil engineers, landscape architects and urban planners & urban designers, policy-makers & financiers and academicians who together constitute the symbiotic ecosystem within which urban infrastructure is developed, designed and executed.

DatesSunday, 30th June to Saturday, 6th July 2019

IHS, Woudestein campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Mandeville/T building, 14th floor
Rotterdam, the Netherlands (see more directions)

OrganisersMy Liveable City (MLC), in cooperation with
the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam

Besides the background and theory of urban infrastructure, the course is meant to show how while developing infrastructure, by creative thinking and processes other goals of importance such as landscape enhancement, urban improvement and financial gains can be achieved.
Visits to exemplary projects through the week and meetings with those professionals involved in these projects will expose the participants to revolutionary state-of-art ideas which they then can apply in their own work.

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


Day 1
13:30A bus trip through the western part of Netherlands, setting the context for the participants on how the disciplines of infrastructure planning and design, landscape architecture and urban planning have been interwoven in the development of cities and landscapes in the Netherlands.
Netherlands: a land of a balanced high density of population but also high-density urban mobility infrastructure as the logistic hub of Western Europe. Sea and shorelines, rivers and canals, dykes and (water) defence systems, cycle paths and networks, pedestrian routes and precincts, ecological networks and eco-ducts, railway-lines and high-speed trans-Europe connections and energy systems and e-mobility.
Day 2 
start at 09:30Lecture 1
The logic of Simultaneous  Thinking of Infrastructure, Planning & Landscape
Ir. Shyam Khandekar (MLC)
Lecture 2
The Theory of Planning & the Role of Infrastructure 
Dr. Alexander Jachnow (IHS)
13:30Bus trip
Visit to Utrecht and Leidsche Rijn: combining motorway with a park and an urban district. Demonstrating universal accessibility in public transportation: Hester van Gent (Utrecht City Corporation, MLC)
Day 3 
start at 09:30Lecture 1
Infrastructure Planning For Green And Sustainable Cities  
Dr Ogenis Brilhante (IHS)
Lecture 2
The Brazilian Experience: Curitiba versus Sao Paolo
Paola Huijding (MLC)
13:30Bus trip
Coastal zone and a visit to the extraordinary parking garage under the dunes in Katwijk.
Lecture by DHV and possibly, Rijkswaterstaat on Building with Nature.  
Day 4  
start at 09:30Lecture 1
Organisations for Planning & Building Infrastructure (PPPs and other SPVs)
Dr Carley Pennink (IHS)
Lecture 2
Cycling Infrastructure, Planning & Design
Martijn Akkerman (Witteveen & Bos, MLC)
Lecture 3
Pedestrian Infrastructure & Landscape
Liesl Vivier (BDP, MLC)
13:30Bus trip
Baarn Railway underpass (talk by Liesl Vivier) and visit to an Ecoduct (Okra?) (MLC)
Day 5
09:30Lecture 1
The finance of urban infrastructure
Somesh Sharma (IHS)

Bus trip
Visit to:

  • 'River Waal' project in Nijmegen: How issues of flood prevention have been combined the creation of large recreational public spaces
    Talk by landscape architect of City Corporation
  • Paleiskwartier in s’Hertogenbosch, where the water basin on top a large parking garage works as a solar collector and the whole has been used to create the central public space in a large-scale redevelopment and to Paleisbrug, a pedestrian-cycling bridge which doubles up as a linear park.
    Talk by Sonja de Jong, City Corporation
Day 6 
start at 09:30Lecture 1
Infrastructure & Landscape  
Prof. Kelly Shannon, University of Leuven
Lecture 2
Embedding Infrastructure In The Urban Context  
Vinayak Bharne, University of Southern California (MLC)
 Afternoon workshop
Exercise for participants in groups of 5-6 persons
Day 7
09:30Evaluation and concluding session
Location TBD (Hotel New York or The Pavilion, Erasmus University Campus)

Staff profiles

IHS Staff (click to view the full profile)

Ir. Shyam Khandekar 
Senior Expert in Urban Planning and Urban Design

Shyam Khandekar is an Architect, Urban Designer and Urban Planner with 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 multi-disciplinary 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, Netherlands 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.

Paola Huijding

Paola Huijding is born in São Paulo of European parents, she grew up in the Netherlands and Brazil, was raised in three languages, and began her professional life in 1990. Since then she has been working in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Brazil. She has built her career as a designer, city planner, innovation developer and strategy manager. Having received two degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning, she has specialised in a combination of highly efficient, inclusive spatial solutions and creative functional conceptions, multicultural background communications and project management.
Driving by passion she has led big scale and complex projects at international level, providing a wide range of management, strategy and design services; meeting the needs for both the public and private sector for long-term urban strategies. She understands the crucial role of knowledge and feeling for the potential of urbanisation and enables a city to develop a coordinated, institutional framework to make the most of opportunities, giving residents a chance to have a voice in the future of the place where they live.
During her career, she has collaborated with Michael Wilford (London/Stuttgart), Sjoerd Soeters (Amsterdam) and René Daniels (Maastricht). In the last years, she led her own company Volpi Urbane in collaboration with the Collaborating Center on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Wuppertal. 
Since April 2017 she joined Platform31 and is responsible for the development of the vision and overall coordination of the sustainability programme focussing on climate change, energy transition and circular economy.

Prof. Kelly Shannon, University of Leuven

Kelly Shannon is an associate professor of urbanism at the University of Leuven, where she is director of the Master of Human Settlements and Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning programs. Her design research is at the intersection of analysis, mapping and new cartographies and design. It primarily focuses on the evolving relation of the landscape, infrastructure and urbanization in Asian public sector. A particular interest focuses development of robust landscape structures as a form of resilience to deal with contemporary design challenges at the territorial and urban design scales which can be addressed through water and forest urbanisms. She regularly contributes essays and book chapters in various international presses. She co-authored The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure (with Marcel Smets) and co-edits (with Bruno De Meulder) the book series UFO: Explorations of Urbanism (Park Books, Zurich).

Prof. 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.”

Martijn Akkerman (Witteveen & Bos)
Martijn Akkerman is a senior urban mobility expert working for Witteveen+Bos Consulting Engineers in the Netherlands. He’s an active cyclist and has worked on cycling infrastructure design projects in the Netherlands, Latvia and Kazakhstan.

Liesl Vivier (BDP) 
Liesl Vivier is the director of  Studio BDP in the Netherlands. She works as an urbanist on large-scale projects of urban regeneration in the Netherlands and abroad.


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 their own arrangements for the travel to Rotterdam and to arrange for their board and lodge. The number of participants will be restricted to 40 and reservations for eligible candidates will be made on a 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.