AMS Learn how you can respond to metropolitan challenges

You are the city, the city is you.
You, me, we are all part of the metropolitan challenges as well as the solutions.

Learn why you are key in resolving global urbanization and sustainability challenges
and how you can engineer the future city.

AMS MOOC ‘Sustainable Urban Development’ (Online course)
Did you know that cities take up less than 3% of the earth’s land surface, but more than 50% of the world’s population live in them? And, cities generate more than 70% of the global emissions?
If you are interested in the challenges of the 21st century metropolitan regions and how these can be solved from within the city and its inhabitants, then the online course (MOOC) ‘Sustainable Urban Development’ is for you!

There are no simple solutions to these grand challenges. Rather the challenges cities face today require a holistic, systemic and transdisciplinary approach that spans different fields of expertise and disciplines such as urban planning, urban design, urban engineering, systems analysis, policy making, social sciences and entrepreneurship.

This MOOC is all about this integration of different fields of knowledge within the metropolitan context. The course is set up in a unique matrix format that lets you pursue your line of interest along a specific metropolitan challenge or a specific theme.

Work globally on metropolitan solutions
Because we are all part of the challenges as well as the solutions, we encourage you to participate actively! Form your own metropolitan team, explore the living conditions in your own city and compare your living environment with that of the global community. Your fellow learners will provide you with the newest insights, feedback and ideas.

Why did they enroll ?

Sladjana Mijatović, Programme Manager Urban Innovation, CTO Office, City of Amsterdam: “Making the transition to a circular and sustainable city is complex as it requires systems-level redesign and a pressing need for new skills. This mooc helps me to understand the essential principles and helps me to continue developing the right skills.”

Eric Geboers
, The Salt Project: “Our society is becoming increasingly more complex. Cities are growing, technology is advancing rapidly and the global climate is changing. I think a proper understanding of the challenges we are facing will be very valuable when designing and developing for a better future.”

Jara Brinkman, TBI Croon: “I am interested in solutions for cities in de future. How does the city of 2050 look like? how should we live, act or build differently to sustain the level of comfort we have now, but also care for our planet and sustain it for future generations.”

Be part of the global team and enroll now!


What will you learn:

  • The most relevant challenges that metropolitan regions are facing
  • How you can respond to these challenges
  • Examples of sustainable, metropolitan interventions and solutions
  • How to critically reflect on and engage in the sustainable cities debate
  • Innovative solutions for your own urban living environment


Course information
For who?: Open for anyone who is interested in the subject
Start: 26 January 2016
End: March 2016
Duration: 7 weeks
Estimated effort: 4-6 hours/ week
Prerequisites: None
Language: English (videos, transcripts, content)
Course level: Introductory

For more information
AMS MOOC Sustainable Urban Development, Discover Advanced Metropolitan Solutions
The making of the first AMS MOOC