Summer School

2020 Winter School : Hong Kong’s New Territories Tomorrow


In recent years Hong Kong has struggled to generate consensus around a vision how to overcome the constricted supply of developable land usable for housing. These challenges facing the region are mostly framed around the development potential of land in the New Territories.


This has prompted several ambitious responses, including a proposal to construct a new Business District on artificial islands in the eastern waters of Lantau Island. Yet there has been little meaningful progress, in the absence of a vision that would be shared with urban stakeholders.

Simultaneously in the New Territories huge areas of agricultural lands lie vacant or are not used in way that would help to solve the supply crisis. It is increasingly apparent that settlements from indigenous villages to new towns have failed to adapt and expand for a new generation.


In June 2019, as part of the World Urban Campaign by UN Habitat, CUHK hosted an Urban Thinkers Campus, bringing together a diverse group of local stakeholders to discuss the future of the New Territories. There was consensus across the community that the ambitious proposal of building new islands near Lantau would not sufficiently address Hong Kong’s spatial needs. The forum identified opportunities to unlock complex planning and ownership arrangements that prevail in the New Territories, enabling a variety of strategically located sites at scales suited to the production of inclusive and participatory urban space in line with the UN Habitat urban agenda.


This year’s IFoU Winter school at CUHK will bring together students and researchers to engage further with the community and develop a series of visionary scenarios and pilot schemes to reframe the development potential of the New Territories. Reflecting on the new town model, students will be challenged to envision a more human centric approach based on a wider understanding of infrastructure, enabling a more equitable city that promotes social mobility. Proposals will implicitly address related issues ranging from blue and green infrastructure, inclusive public space and liveability, to participatory infrastructure design and urban regeneration. These framework proposals will also kickstart the CUHK Urban design studio for 2020.


All interested IFoU partner schools and students interested in joining should contact us via




International Forum on Urbanism
School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong


2019 IFoU Spring School: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and TU Delft


The 2019 IFOU Spring School will be hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University  School of Design, focusing on the theme of the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

The Greater Bay Areaex Spring School formulates strategies and critical interventions for the GBA. The methodological approach employed aims to maximise strategic potentials and urban differentiation within this very large urban-agglomeration field. This builds on work by the MDes UED in the Systems and Strategies Studio, which emphasises strategic planning principles through specific planning models. Each model explores speculative frameworks that challenge conventional planning practices, raising critical debates in terms of scales of development, settlement morphologies and economic characteristics within the region.

Colloquia, lectures and round table discussions provide inputs and feedback to the development of critical frameworks that are tested in public presentations. This will contribute to a body of work on the GBA, and will be published and exhibited locally and internationally.

For full program and other information, please see


2017 Summer School “Making the Metropolis”


2017 Summer School

Making the Metropolis

Exploring Interdisciplinary Approaches in Design Engineering


The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), the Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI), and the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) join Delft University of Technology in the organisation of the interdisciplinary 2017 Summer School: ‘Making the Metropolis’.

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When:                                   From 22 to 30 August 2017

Where:                               Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

with workshops and fieldwork in Amsterdam

Theme:                               The connected, vital, and circular city


Partners:                 Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)

Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI)

International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)

Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (TUD)

Target Group:       60 Master Students in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Environmental Design and Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics, and related disciplines, particularly from IFoU institutions.


What you will challenge

By participating this summer school, you explore interdisciplinary approaches in metropolitan design engineering through the analytical approaches which you share with others. While working in interdisciplinary and intercultural groups, you will challenge the world’s globalisation processes: How to keep our cities connected and vital. How to develop integral solutions for urgent societal problems related to vital infrastructure for water safety and smart mobility? How to accomplish sustainable answers on these questions? And, how to aim for a circular city simultaneously? By using Amsterdam as test-bed and design location, you apply and highlights strategies to a practical implementation of sustainable solutions.


“Today’s revolution of new technologies, theories and methods are making advanced metropolitan solutions possible, but no single actor or stakeholder can make metropoles move in a specific direction. Metropolitan solutions require cooperation between knowledge institutes, companies and governments, as well as between cities, citizens and civil society.”


In this summer school, you will span disciplinary boundaries and test lessons learned at the home institution by focussing on cross-over themes. You will collaborate in teams; An approach, which  is motivated by the observation that an increasing amount of disciplines focus on the city and need to work together. It seems a matter of course, as more and more people live in cities, an increasing amount of people are engaged with the city like you. This includes both the number of professionals, and the amount of professions. For instance, from economists and social scientist to agriculturalist and biologists, in all cases senses shift along. All are putting a light on the metropolis too. We see the shift most explicitly in the traditional design professions in the built environment. Of all disciplines, a growing variety of specialists are engineering designs collaboratively. Disciplines work together in order to facilitate the urbanisation processes and upgrade the fabric. Architects, urban designers and planners, environmental designers and scientists, landscape architects, and for example experts involved in transport, infrastructure and logistics, all have to work together in improving the metropolis. This summer school brings you, as one of them, in connection with other designers for the physical environment. Being all co-creators of the metropolis, jointly you explore shared ways of doing: Internationally and interdisciplinary. It will be a major step towards your future practice  – no matter what you will do – facing a larger majority of the world population living in urbanised areas. From the sustainable understanding of the globalisation challenges, you explore what to design if we approach ongoing urbanisation from multiple viewpoints at the same time.

What will you bring in to keep our cities fit for the future?


How you will work

The ‘Making the Metropolis’ Summer School is organised in a studio-setting. The studios create an interactive setting for you, facilitating disciplinary exchange. Participants are distributed over 5 sub-groups related to major challenges in the Connected, Vital and Circular City. Each group aims to have 12 members and will be composed interdisciplinary and internationally. As part of one of these groups, you are supervised by at least one Delft professor as well as one appointed professor of a participating institution. Together with the other participants, you will develop design proposals, supported by fieldwork, lectures in seminar setting, and plenary mid-term and final presentations.


Within the subgroups, you will focus on either:

The Connected City

  • Mobility, Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics
  • Metropolitan Development and its Water Network

The Vital City

  • Social Interaction and Urban Culture
  • Urban Functions and Activities: Health and Well-Being

The Circular City

  • Resource Security in Cities: Energy, Food, Waste


What you will learn

This summer school is built upon the expertise of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) and the Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI), within the wider academic network of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU). Participating in the ‘Making the Metropolis’ Summer School will advance the adaptability of your own knowledge and skills related to interdisciplinary challenges in the sustainable metropolis.


  • You advance adaptability of and disciplinary knowledge
  • You are able to evaluate on own skills in communicating and working with others


  • You know the key effects of global urbanisation on disciplines active in the built environment
  • You are able to apply multi-disciplinary approaches in the design of the metropolis


  • You understand the fundamental challenges in the Connected, Vital and Circular City
  • You are able to create interdisciplinary answers to these challenges


Main Venture in Delft On Site Events
Delft University of Technology

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Julianalaan 134

2628 BL Delft

Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions

at Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam

Mauritskade 62

1092 AD Amsterdam


Registration & costs

Costs: € 200,- (field excursions, lectures, materials, lunch)*

*) Master Students in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Environmental Design and Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics, from IFoU member institutions, Delft University of Technology, Wageningen UR and MIT Boston can participate free of charge.


NB: After the confirmation of acceptance, you will receive an invoice. Course fees need to be paid three weeks before the start of the programme. Fees do not include accommodation and commuting expenses. Upon request, you will receive an list with recommended hostels and hotels. All participants also cover flight tickets and visa costs themselves.


In case you need of a personal invitation letter for your visa application or any travel permit, please feel free to contact us and we will provide you with the necessary documentation.

Find out which countries need a visa here <>. For further information on visa procedures for the Netherlands, click here <>.


Deadline for registration: July 1st 2017.

Send your application to dr. Diego Sepulveda Carmona:


Application for the Summer School ’Making the Metropolis’ includes the following information

Full name

Email address

Mobile number



Study programme (incl. field of discipline)

*Student registration number

And a motivation letter (100 words) & CV.


Admission will be based on evaluation of CV and motivation letter. Application is possible till July 1st 2017, shortly after this date you will hear if you are granted to participate.


Questions? Contact

dr. Diego Sepulveda Carmona:


More Information

Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS): <>

Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI): <>

International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU): <>

Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (TUD): <>


Organising Committee

dr ir Maurice Harteveld, dr ir Roberto Cavallo, dr Diego Sepulveda Carmona, dr Lei Qu



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