Summer School 2022 Report

Social and political support for sustainability is crucial for coordination, regulation, and accountability, which are necessary parts of the governance of sustainability. The Summer School Planning and Design for the Just City combines spatial planning, urban design and environmental technology to tackle issues of spatial justice, sustainability, climate adaptation and water management in urban transitions to sustainability. It invites students to put SPATIAL JUSTICE at the centre of urban development and to understand the theories and practices that bring together spatial justice and sustainability, and to apply the knowledge acquired in the elaboration of a vision and a spatial strategy and design for an area in the city of The Hague in The Netherlands.


The Summer School focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and The New Urban Agenda, launched in Quito in 2016, as well as the European Green Deal as frameworks Centre Just the for sustainable urbanisation. It also focuses on theories of Spatial Justice and Social Sustainability as bedrocks for overall sustainability. The aim of the Summer School is to explore the Dutch tradition of planning and design with water and the integration of spatial justice and sustainability into urban development that supports a fair transition to sustainability. The Summer School is led by the schools of Architecture and Built Environment (BK) and Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) of the Delft University of Technology, in collaboration with national and international partners, including the City of The Hague, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Dutch Delta Programme, ARCADIS, the City of Delft and others private and public partners. This school includes site visits, talks with professionals and academics and a short studio-based exercise, where students and teachers explore possibilities through the elaboration of a spatial vision, the design of a spatial strategy and spatial interventions in the city of the Hague, located in one of the most important Urbanised Delta Regions of the world.

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