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Future Cities

ETH Zurich via edX XSeries


“Future Cities” is a series of urban MOOCs bringing the latest research results on planning, managing and transforming cities to those places in the world where they are needed most.

    • Future Cities” provides an overview.
    • Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities” describes factors of livability in cities.
    • Smart Cities” presents realistic approaches, methods and techniques to increase the sustainability and resilience of cities.
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Reponsive Cities

    " explore the future of urbanization as you learn about responsive Cities, ones that bring the city back to their citizens.

Our long-term goal is to make the “Future Cities” series on urban MOOCs the worldwide first and complete series of urban courses dealing with the design, management and transformation of cities for their sustainable and resilient future. This leads to a modular collection of urban MOOCs for each part of the urban system. The first overview course “Future Cities” opens a holistic view on existing and future cities. Each following urban MOOC increases in depth and in specialization.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Smart Cities

Learn how data and information impact the design, sustainability and resilence of future cities.

Course 2: Future Cities

Understand a city’s people, components, functions, scales and dynamics, as precondition for its sustainable design and management.

Course 3: Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities

Learn how urban planning, energy, climate, ecology and mobility impact the livability and quality of life of a “future city.”

Course 4: Responsive Cities

Explore the future of urbanization as you learn about responsive Cities, ones that bring the city back to their citizens.


Taught by

Lai Choo Malone-Lee, Kees Christiaanse, Ina Homeier, Corine Mauch, Kevin Schawinski, Christoph Hölscher, Dirk Helbing, Bige Tunçer, Markus Schläpfer, Matthias Standfest, Gerhard Schmitt, Dirk Hebel, Reinhard König, Bernhard Klein, Marcel Brülisauer, Chen Zhong, Peter Edwards, Jane Jacobs, Stephen Cairns, Jan Carmeliet, Matthias Roth, Alex Erath, Matthias Berger, Ulrike Wissen Hayek, Estefania Tapias and Renate Schubert


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