Learn why cities are key in resolving global urbanization and sustainability challenges and how you can engineer tomorrow’s cities today.
Did you know that cities take up less than 3% of the earth’s land surface, but more than 50% of the world’s population live in them? And, cities generate more than 70% of the global emissions? Large cities and their hinterlands (jointly called metropolitan regions) greatly contribute to global urbanization and sustainability challenges, yet are also key to resolving these same challenges.
If you are interested in the challenges of the 21st century metropolitan regions and how these can be solved from within the city and by its inhabitants, then this Sustainable Urban Development course is for you!
There are no simple solutions to these grand challenges! Rather the challenges cities face today require a holistic, systemic and transdisciplinary approach that spans different fields of expertise and disciplines such as urban planning, urban design, urban engineering, systems analysis, policy making, social sciences and entrepreneurship.
This MOOC is all about this integration of different fields of knowledge within the metropolitan context. The course is set up in a unique matrix format that lets you pursue your line of interest along a specific metropolitan challenge or a specific theme.
Because we are all part of the challenges as well as the solutions, we encourage you to participate actively! You will have the opportunity to explore the living conditions in your own city and compare your living environment with that of the global community.
You will discover possible solutions for your city’s challenges and what it takes to implement these solutions. Your participation will also contribute to wider research into metropolitan regions as complex systems.
We invite you to take the first steps in understanding the principles that will be essential to transform metropolitan regions into just, prosperous and sustainable places to live in!
This course forms a part of the educational programme of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and is developed by Wageningen UR and TU Delft, two of the founding universities of AMS Institute.
What you'll learn:
- The most relevant challenges that metropolitan regions are facing
- How you can respond to these challenges
- Examples of sustainable, metropolitan interventions and solutions
- How to critically reflect on and engage in the sustainable cities debate
- Innovative solutions for your own urban living environment
Depuis le premier Sommet de la Terre (1972) et le fameux rapport Brundtland (1987), les notions d'environnement et de développement durable renvoient toutes deux à des questions socialement vives. Le changement climatique, la transition énergétique, la préservation de la biodiversité, la réduction des inégalités et de la pauvreté constituent de véritables enjeux de société. Nous ne pouvons plus rester indifférents à de tels évènements.
This course comprises three modules of Dr. Sachs' longer course, "The Age of Sustainable Development." This preview course, "Introduction to Sustainable Development" will give you an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development - that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
The Age of Sustainable Development" gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development - that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
This course explores the challenges faced by developing country governments wanting to grow their economies in a climate friendly way, and addresses the complexity inherent in lifting societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Presented by Prof Harald Winkler, director of UCT’s Energy Research Centre and colleagues from the Mitigation Action Plans & Scenarios (MAPS) Programme, the course covers facilitation process techniques, energy modelling, scenario building, innovation and policy. Whether you are a climate change practitioner, work in development or are simply curious about how climate mitigation is understood, this course will give you an insight into the complex process of how countries from the South pursue development goals while addressing climate mitigation.
L'ambition du cours est de confronter ses participants aux enjeux techniques, économiques, sociaux et environnementaux du XXIe siècle. Ces enjeux sont par nature très fortement couplés et complexes. Ils exigent une approche interdisciplinaire, afin d’adopter un vrai questionnement, au delà des préjugés et des idées reçues.