Smart Sustainable Cities

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What does the city of the future look like? Since the beginning of the 21st century the majority of the world population have lived in urban areas. The summer course Smart Sustainable Cities focusses on how to boost the sustainable development of cities. In almost two weeks, we will dive into several highly relevant themes such as clean air, mobility, waste, energy, health and also innovation, inclusiveness, participation and smart solutions to these issues.

What does the city of the future look like? Since the beginning of the 21st century the majority of the world population have lived in urban areas. That is not so strange, because cities are attractive places where more and more people want to live, work and relax. Cities are increasingly becoming the ‘engine of our economy’. Cities are the creative spots where you can develop yourself. Cities offer art, entertainment, and culture.

However, there are also important challenges for the cities of the future. How do we solve problems related to clean air, safety, energy, mobility, health and waste in the city? How do we make sure that new innovative businesses will provide sufficient employment in the city? How do we ensure inclusiveness, participation and tolerance in the city? How can we solve this in a smart way, for example with the help of ICT? These questions challenge us to develop integrated sustainable solutions for economic, social and environmental problems. The future of humankind depends to a great extent on whether we will be able to boost the sustainable development of cities.

In this summer course, experts will guide you in looking at these topics in various ways. It is not a calculation course. We will present different models and theories that will give you a better understanding. You will apply these models and theory to a city case, so that you gain an insight into possible solutions.

Are you concerned and interested in achievable solutions? And do you want to analyze a city case taking a systemic design thinking approach? Sign up for this great summer course on Smart Sustainable Cities!

The Summer School Smart Sustainable Cities will take place on-site.

preliminary programme summercourse Smart Sustainable Cities - August 2024 - Utrecht_1.pdf
Course director
ir. Marjoke de Boer

Target audience

Bachelor students and professionals.

Aim of the course

Understanding the concept of smart sustainable cities, its challenges and solutions; apply different models and theory to a city case study.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials + lunch
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

From Wednesday in week 1 until Friday in week 2. A Dutch lunch will be provided.

Additional information

Although the course starts on Wednesday, student housing is available from 10 August onwards. 

The housing costs include housing, plus a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag, for you to keep. This sleeping bag also includes an inflatable pillow and matrass cover. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please contact us, so we can give you a € 50 discount on the housing fee. Please note that you cannot buy individual bedding items. 


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:


Contact details

Marjoke de Boer | E:


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
19 June 2024