During the course 'Metropolitan Challenges' the first year MSc MADE students are introduced to various typologies of metropoles throughout the world, with the city of Amsterdam as a real life example. It gives an historical-critical overview, with reasons for the existence and emergence of cities, and the technological challenges they face today. In addition, the metropolis is approached as a web of interrelated socio-technical systems in which professionals are challenged to integrate knowledge and analytical, design and engineering skills.

The course presents a range of conceptual views on technologies and practices in the cycles and spheres of urban mobility, water, housing, healthcare and well-being, food, waste and energy. Throughout the course, students learn and develop different concepts related to contemporary urban practices, and elaborate on them by means of observations, organizing debates, lecturing, and producing written accounts and... knowledge clips.

Interested to see what the first-year students made? Here you can find all the knowledge clips from 2022.

Quay walls Amsterdam

Electric cars: the holy grail of urban mobility?

Waste News

Energy efficiency in the Canal District

Governing urban heat in Amsterdam

Reality and perception of biodegradable plastic disposal trajectory

Unused Space in a Dense City

The healthy city