The RETHINK THE CITY MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) received the AESOP Excellence in Teaching Award 2017 at a ceremony during the annual AESOP congress,  at the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon. AESOP is the Association of European Schools of Planning. It gathers more than 150 schools from Europe and beyond. Every year, it gives a prize to most innovative teaching practices in the area of planning and urban studies.

The RETHINK THE CITY course was conceived by Igor Moreno (PhD candidate at OTB) and Luz Maria Vergara d’Alençon (doctoral candidate at the Department of Management in the Built Environment) and managed by Martina Gentilli (doctoral candidate at the Gran Sasso Institute in L’Aquila, Italy, and Urbanism alumna).

The MOOC contained three modules:

Spatial Justice, led by Roberto Rocco (SPS)

Housing, led by Darinka Czischke Ljubetic (MBE)

and Resilience and Spatial Justice, led by Dominic Stead (SPS)

Several faculty members of the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment gave their contribution. Several SPS members contributed, including Vincent Nadin, Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado, among others.

This course includes:

  • Alternative theories in spatial justice, housing provision and management, and urban resilience.
  • Application of analytical tools and innovative solutions to contemporary urban challenges
  • Critical perspectives to understand the problems of urban development in the global south
  • New perspectives to understand and analyse the urban challenges of the global south.



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