Short Course On Campus

Placemaking - Sense, Space and Strategy

University of Amsterdam

21 days
1650 EUR/full
1650 EUR/full
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The three-week Placemaking - Sense, Space and Strategy interdisciplinary course at the University of Amsterdam unravels the theory, policies, politics and practices of placemaking, taking Amsterdam as a site for analysis and action. 


Key facts:

  • Placemaking is more than a method; it is a philosophy for the development and experience of cities. Situating placemaking in a mixed academic context and intersecting it with sensescapes, the Placemaking - Sense, Space and Strategy course at the University of Amsterdam focuses on topics such as public space, community, diversity and 'the right to the city'.
  • Experiencing the city through the many different sensory lenses is at the heart of this programme. It presents exciting alternative ways to understand how people live in, respond to, and imagine their cities. As cities are densely populated, and as their diversity increases, sensitivity to stimuli (both positive and negative) is increasing too. This holds true for all sensory experiences like increased noise, overwhelming smells, and the experience of intense density. Urban spaces can be imagined as territories of negotiation. Sensory experiences often inspire a strong sense of belonging and might therefore play an important role in the co-creation of space.  
  • The diverse morning lectures focus on the theory of placemaking as well as on the theoretical implications of ‘sensescapes’: discussing how urban space is perceived on the basis of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste), and how urban sensescapes might be contested, if threatened. In the afternoon, we will use Amsterdam as our living laboratory, doing sound- and smell walks through diverse neighbourhoods and exploring placemaking practices at various locations. 

Programme Structure

  • You will also learn-by-doing, intensively engaging with a specific site in Amsterdam. There you will study challenges formulated by local stakeholders (these might be community organizers or the municipality). To analyse and develop an intervention for these challenges you will be guided through a design thinking research process involving local residents. Finally, you will have the opportunity to present your initial solutions in the presence of the stakeholders. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 days

Start dates & application deadlines

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More details

This programme runs yearly in July. 

Rolling admissions. Early deadline 1 February, Final deadline 1 April. See our website for more detailed information. 






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Who is this programme for?

  • Students should be in good academic standing to participate in the summer school. For current university students (Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in in urban studies. For working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1650 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1650 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.
  • Housing fees:€650 and a €75 refundable deposit

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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