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Water and Ports, Historic Cities and Landscapes

Delft University of Technology via edX Professional Certificate


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.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: (Re)Imagining Port Cities: Understanding Space, Society and Culture

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.

Course 2: Water Works: Activating Heritage for Sustainable Development

Address contemporary challenges from a socio-spatial and cultural perspective, and activate water heritage for decision-making in water management.


Taught by

Gül Aktürk, Amanda Brandellero, Carola Hein, Stephan Hauser, Maurice Jansen, Rachel Lee, Paolo De Martino, Hilde Sennema, Asma Mehan, Tianchen Dai and Kaiyi Zhu

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