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Urban Thinkers Campus TU Delft Report, World Urban Forum 9


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Presentation given ay the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur on the results of the Urban Thinkers Campus held at TU Delft "EDUCATION FOR THE CITY WE NEED", sponsored by the World Urban Campaign, Arcadis and others.

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Urban Thinkers Campus TU Delft Report, World Urban Forum 9

  1. 1. EDUCATION FOR THE CITY WE NEED: HOW DO WE TEACH THE NEW URBAN AGENDA? Integrating the UN-Habitat NEW URBAN AGENDA in higher education curriculums Delft University of Technology U Urbanism SPS BK spatialplanning&strategy Prepared by Roberto Rocco Assist. Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy, TU Delft
  2. 2. Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) organised at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology (BOUWKUNDE) in June 2017
  3. 3. Delft University of Technology U Urbanism SPS BK spatialplanning&strategy 2600 students
  4. 4. Delft University of Technology U Urbanism SPS BK spatialplanning&strategy 400 + academic staff
  5. 5. Delft University of Technology U Urbanism SPS BK spatialplanning&strategy Architecture Urbanism Building Technology Management Geomatics OTB Research Berlage Institute
  6. 6. Delft University of Technology U Urbanism SPS BK spatialplanning&strategy
  7. 7. Delft University of Technology U Urbanism SPS BK spatialplanning&strategy
  8. 8. Delft University of Technology U Urbanism SPS BK spatialplanning&strategy
  9. 9. Delft University of Technology U Urbanism SPS BK spatialplanning&strategy
  10. 10. belief that through SDG 11, we can accomplish most of the other SDGs
  11. 11. This UTC had 39 active speakers from academia, the public sector, the civic sector and private companies, and 92 participants from all over the world. It produced a set of guidelines and teaching points that might help schools around the world structure curricula that embrace the New Urban Agenda, enacted in Quito in October 2016.
  12. 12. Questions Q1 #TheCityWeNeed learns and innovates, and is a laboratory for experimenting with alternative scenarios for a future. Which role do educational institutions play in this regard? Q2 What are the main issues in the #NewUrbanAgenda that planning and design students and teachers should focus on to achieve #TheCityWeNeed ? Q3 #TheCityWeNeed recognizes that cities are changing, which calls for continuous learning, reflection and more flexible planning. Which innovative approaches do you know which can contribute to this? Q4 How can educational institutions move towards an education that embraces the complexity of urban development and incorporates issues of justice, ethics and social sustainability? Q5 #TheCityWeNeed uses systems thinking to understand urban complexity and the sources of unintended policy consequences. How can universities engage students to focus their studies on these issues? Q6 How can the public sector, private sector and civic society be brought together to form collaborative alliances for the educational aspects of teaching the #NewUrbanAgenda? #TheCityWeNeed
  13. 13. Every city must be planned and designed “from the ground up” and education must enable students to plan and design with the natural systems as their point of departure
  14. 14. Difficult environmental conditions have led the Dutch to create a societal model that allowed them to ensure life
  15. 15. THE POLDER MODEL is a societal model based on consensus seeking and shared visions for a desirable future born from the URGENCY to collectively organise life in an inhospitable land with scarce natural resources
  16. 16. This is the reality of the whole world now: hence we must work together to elaborate colletctive visions for a desirable and possible future and the strategies to get there
  17. 17. ROOM FOR THE RIVER POLICIES: working with nature (not taming it)
  18. 18. Sustainability transitions must embrace the three crucial components of sustainability ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL ECONOMIC
  19. 19. Social Sustainability? SPATIAL JUSTICE Right to the City Creation of/access to public goods
  20. 20. GOVERNANCE is key to social sustainability: politically feasible solutions PRIVATEPUBLIC CIVIC
  21. 21. Planning systems are one of the many formal institutions that mediate/govern/regulate the relationships between civic, public and private sectors PRIVATEPUBLIC CIVIC Formal institutions
  22. 22. But planners OFTEN forget informal institutions* PRIVATEPUBLIC CIVIC Formal institutions Informal institutions *I know ‘informal institutions’ sounds strange, but this is the expression used by the great Elinor Ostrom to describe the cultural ingrained practices and societal norms and organisations that frame an influence formal institutions.
  23. 23. Eva Labrujere: Mapping the power structures of Mathare (Nairobi) in connection to existing services and facilities
  24. 24. Concha Aranda: Mapping the spatial relationships between communities, natural systems, infrastructur es and GOVERNANC E
  25. 25. Concha Aranda: Mapping informal institutions in Maputo
  26. 26. Kritika Sha: Building slum upgrading strategy in Dharavi having the local economy and livelihoods as point to departure
  27. 27. We must work hard to deliver EVIDENCE BASED and CRITICAL education that embraces CRITICAL THINKING
  28. 28. The role of advocacy and activism From the architect hero To the architect citizen
  29. 29. Kya Sands Workshop, organised by Costanza LaMantia (Wits)
  30. 30. Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions
  31. 31. Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MSc MADE) is the result of the collaboration between AMS Institute and its partner universities TU Delft and Wageningen University
  32. 32. RED ALERT!
  33. 33. Research by design: yes! But…
  34. 34. The emphasis on studio based education, design solutions and connection with real world stakeholders CANNOT prevent universities from emphasising an ACADEMIC attitude based on the understanding of THEORY, in CRITICAL ANALYSIS and rigorous RESEARCH
  35. 35. We have to be able to ask the RIGHT QUESTIONS
  36. 36. There is nothing as practical as a good theory
  37. 37. Visit our UTC website: https://
  38. 38. Speakers at the TU Delft UTC: 1 Alex Schafran (UK), University of Leeds, UK 2 Ana Rosa Chagas Cavalcanti (Brazil), PhD Candidate, TU Delft 3 Anne Loes Nillesen (The Netherlands) Founding director and Landscape architect, Defacto 4 Bert Smolders (The Netherlands), Shelter program manager partnership UN-Habitat Arcadis 5 Carley Pennink, IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam (moderator) 6 Charlotte van de Water (The Netherlands), Environmental policy consultant at Arcadis 7 Darinka Czischke (Chile), Assistant Professor at TU Delft 8 DK Osseo-Asare (US/Ghana), Low Design Office 9 Edgard A. Zúñiga León-York (Nicaragua), MSc Student, TU Delft, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Chair 10 Entela Shkreli (Albania), Master student IHS 11 Floortje van Sandick (The Netherlands), Master Student Architecture at TU Delft, Member of the Feminist Group, TU Delft 12 Jacobo Herdoiza, Secretary of Housing and the Environment, Municipallity of Quito, Ecuador. 13 Kritika Sha (India), Master student Urbanism, TU Delft 14 Laura Katharina Straehle (Germany), Architect at Powerhouse Company / MSc Architecture, TU Delft 15 Mehrnaz Ghojeh (Iran/UK), Consultant in Urban Development at BuroHappold Engineering 16 Nelson Mota (Portugal), Assistant Professor, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment 17 Nishant Narayan (India), PhD Candidate at TU Delft 18 Otto Trienekens (the Netherlands), Veldacademie, City of Rotterdam 19 Pieter Graaff (the Netherlands), Veldacademie, City of Rotterdam 20 Rachel Keeton (USA), PhD Candidate at TU Delft, Global Initiative Fellow 21 Roberto Rocco (Brazil) Assistant Professor, Spatial Planning and Strategy, TU Delft 22 Rodrigo Andrés Barrios Salcedo (Colombia), PhD. candidate, Bauhaus Universität Weimar 23 Stephan van Berkel (The Netherlands), Lecturer at the Haagse Hogeschool 24 Suchith Anand (India/UK), Co-founder GeoForAll 25 Sugandha Gupta (India), Master student Urbanism, TU Delft 26 Sukanya Krishnamurthy (India), assistant professor, Eindhoven University of Technology (moderator) 27 Theodore Klouvas (NL/Greece), Project Manager of Orange Corners Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands 28 Thomas Lindsay (UK), Strategy Delivery Manager at 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation 29 Vincent Nadin (UK), head of the Department of Urbanism, TU Delft 30 Wolfgang Stempfer (Austria) GB*: Gebietsbetreuung Stadterneuerung, City of Vienna
  39. 39. The organising team is composed by PhD candidates and Master students from BK and is led by Roberto Rocco (Assistant Professor Spatial Planning). Click on the picture to see their mini-bios. Chris Bartman [Netherlands], Master student Urbanism Concha Aranda Iglesias [Spain], Master student Urbanism Cristina Wong [Peru], EMU European Master of Urbanism Daan Leenders [Netherlands], Master student Urbanism Florencia Rodriguez Balzarini [Argentina], EMU European Master of Urbanism IJsbrand Heeringa [Netherlands], Master student Urbanism Jan Cyganski [Germany], Master student Urbanism Jean-Baptiste Peters [France], EMU European Master of Urbanism Kritika Sha [India], Master student Urbanism Maricruz Gazel [Costa Rica], EMU European Master of Urbanism Michiel Smits [Netherlands, PhD candidate] Mona Zum Felde [Germany], Master student Urbanism Rajat Uchil [India], EMU European Master of Urbanism Ramses Alejandro Grande Fraile [Spain], Master Student Architecture Reza Ambardi Pradana [Indonesia] Master student Urbanism Roberto Rocco, PhD [Brazil] Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy Sahil Kanekar [India], Master student Urbanism Selina Abraham [India], Master student Urbanism Supriya Krishnan [India], Master student Urbanism Teis Bekken [Netherlands], Master student Urbanism Vladimir Tapia [Ecuador], EMU European Master of Urbanism
  40. 40. For questions, please write to Roberto Rocco Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy, TU Delft