Belgium, Antwerp

Shifting Climate, Reshaping Urban Landscapes (SCRUL) International design studio on climate adaptation

when 27 August 2015 - 3 September 2015
duration 1 week
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 410

Today, there is a high demand for climate adaptation strategies. As scientists and policy makers attempt to reduce local vulnerability, they are confronted with many barriers, inherently linked to the climate issue. A first barrier is the high uncertainty within climate models, e.g. projections on sea level rise range from 0,2 to 2 meters by 2100 (Masters, 2007). Furthermore, it is difficult to integrate the long term perspective of climate adaptation within everyday practice. In addition, climate adaptation will rely on an integrated management.

Design is described to bridge conflicting views and wishes. Urban and landscape design combines various challenges for the territory into an overall vision with multiple time horizons. During the summer school, we will explore the role of urban and landscape design within climate adaptation.

The summer school is an intensive 8-day international design studio. Students of diverse backgrounds (urbanism, landscape, etcetera) will work on a belgian case study. Together, they will develop a strategy for local climate adaption.During this week, the students will be assisted by an international master designer, particularly skilled in climate issues.Furthermore, the students will interact with several Flemish and Dutch chief designers and local stakeholders. At the end, design results will be presented on a public event.

Course leader

Jeroen De Waegemaeker

Target group

The course is open to all master and Phd students in the fields of urbanism, landscape architecture and architecture.

Bachelor students in urbanism, landscape architecture and architecture may apply but must obtain consent of the organization.

Credits info

Participants will be asked to write a paper or to prepare a final design after the summer school.

Fee info

EUR 410: Fee includes orientation and course material, excursion and farewell reception but does not include housing or lunches. Students are entitled to special student prices at the university restaurants.

If the participant cancels more than 4 weeks before the start of the summer school, 25 % of the registration fee can be reimbursed to the participant. If the participant cancels within 4 weeks before the start of the summer school, no refunds can be made.

All refunds are made in euros. The organisation cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations or bank charges.