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Addressing challenges for sustainable cities and communities

Professional Certificate in
Water and Ports, Historic Cities and Landscapes

What you will learn

  • Understand the complex interaction of spatial, social and cultural developments.
  • Analyze spatial, political, economic, ecological, cultural and climate issues and challenges in an integrated way.
  • Adopt measures that respond to these challenges.
  • Select and develop plans and tools for the implementation of these measures.
  • Develop sustainable physical and institutional structures.

The program Water and Ports, Historic Cities and Landscapes comprises two courses: (Re)Imagining Port Cities and Water Works. The program examines the many factors that will result in the sustainable development of port cities. It lays the foundations for shaping the present and designing the future of historic cities in socially and environmentally acceptable ways. Essentials are an understanding of architectural and urban form and function; respect for history and heritage and connecting with institutional and cultural aspects of the communities with whom decision-making about spatial development must be shared.

The courses focus on themes that are key challenges as identified in the UN SDGs dealing with Water and Cities. The first course applies these to port city regions and the second course to water systems in historic cities and landscapes.

The courses speak to the needs and interests of port and city professionals, water managers, as well as heritage professionals and students of the built environment. Participants in this program will gain advanced insights into the spatial, social and cultural dimensions of water, ports and historic cities internationally. You will use a transdisciplinary and integrated approach towards resolving urban challenges. You will integrate a technology-based vision with social and cultural approaches which support TU Delft’s mission statement: Impact for a Better Society and the goals of the LDE PortCityFutures Centre to increase port city and water awareness. You will experiment with diverse tools to engage multiple stakeholders in developing a greater understanding of the role of water in the design of future cities and landscapes.

Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
3 months
4 - 5 hours per week
Discounted price: $232.20
Pre-discounted price: $258USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. DelftX's Water and Ports, Historic Cities and Landscapes Professional Certificate

  2. 4–5 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    Port city regions are at the forefront of many urgent contemporary issues such as migration, climate change, digitization, etc. Addressing these challenges and developing sustainable solutions, requires more than technical interventions, it requires rethinking and redesigning the basic spatial and socio-cultural paradigms that prevail at present.

    In this course we will analyze examples of port cities from a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural perspective. You will develop the skills to identify and address the challenges port cities face now and into the future.

  3. 4–5 hours per week, for 6 weeks

    Explore water systems and apply the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach for tackling the environmental challenges of today.

    • Participants will gain advanced insight into the multifaceted physical and societal relationships between water and cities.
    • They will experience diverse methodologies for a transdisciplinary and integrated approach towards resolving urban challenges.
    • They will learn to integrate a technology-based vision with social and cultural approaches.

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Program endorsements

Port and city professionals, water managers, and heritage professionals need to develop new ways of dealing with the conflicting needs and interests of all stakeholders involved in water systems. This involves integrating technological, spatial, social and cultural approaches which with a better understanding of the historical and heritage value of these areas form the key to sustainable development. This program will help participants make better planning decisions about the development of socially, economically and environmentally sustainable cities and communities.

Arjan Conijn , at Witteveen+Bos engineers and consultants

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Discounted price: $232.20
Pre-discounted price: $258USD
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