What you'll learn

  • Learn from real cases of cities transforming themselves around the world. Discover how processes and systems can transform your city and/or project(s) to be resilient in the face of climate change.
  • Create a future-oriented mindset by exploring change management techniques.
  • Understand how an added value mentality in urban development leads to socio-economic advantage – and results in better buildings, stronger communities, and greater biodiversity.
  • Understand the key role that coalitions play in mainstreaming catalytic change within cities. Develop innovative and catalytic solutions specific to your community that will make it more resilient and prosperous amidst these challenges.
  • Learn how to develop projects, programs, and plans to break out of the lock-in of vested interests that prevent cities from transforming into future-oriented places.
  • Explore the role of design in how to help strengthen an inclusive process, build an enabling environment, develop innovative solutions and a political narrative to set a city on track towards resiliency and sustainability.

Course description

Is your city at risk? On coasts, riverfront or in ever dryer regions? Do floods and extreme events like storms and droughts pose a threat to your community, your economy, the built environment, and your livelihood? If yes, this program is for you.

In a world of droughts, hurricanes, floods and sea level rise, cities are at extreme risk. The city is where we live, where the aggregation of our economies and environment accumulates value across our society. For example, assets along coasts are already losing billions of dollars in value, while real estate, which consists of 40% of the world’s assets, continues to see its own emissions rise, further exacerbating the very problem it is threatened by. Floods and storms cause immediate losses—lives and financial—increasing over time, while droughts have a crippling effect on regions GDPs for years, possibly decades. Rapidly increasing climate impacts not only ruin the economy and built assets, but increase inequalities and decrease opportunities, rapidly turning your city into a climate wasteland.

The course will show how the connections between disparate city-wide systems—e.g. transit, sewage, sea walls, foundations, parks, waterbodies, community amenities, putting the city at risk at all scales and across all sectors and interests—can be used to change course and reverse this urban climate downfall. Climate change breaks the city’s fabric from within: its social coherence as well as its economic strengths. This program explores how to build resiliency now, mainstreaming its measures with every investment, every initiative no matter how small or big, across all interdependent factors that make your city the best place on earth. How to develop and seize the new ‘blue and green’ city, a city where equity, equality, and economic opportunities pair with reversing climate change through rethinking public space and community developments, transit, net-zero buildings and water-sensitive parks and buildings. Your city of tomorrow, where resiliency opportunities—social, economic, cultural, and environmental—shape the future together.


  • Ambassador for Water, the Kingdom of the Netherlands
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