Regenerating self, society and place
What would the city look like as a regenerative development zone? Amsterdam’s Wester Scheg bridges urban life and countryside and is home to some of the lowest polders in the Netherlands, the largest diversity of species and cultures, and the last fertile soil of the city. Many of the great challenges of the city come together in this place. The food transition, soil degradation, and climate adaptation, to name but a few. Meanwhile the city densifies, data- and distributions centres sprawl through the land, and families and farmers are trying to find ways to make ends meet.
Building local capacity for renewal and vitality goes hand in hand with the need to navigate the increasing pressures of the Anthropocene, the global market, or social inequality. What practices do we have at our disposal to navigate these pressures and develop life affirming interventions? How do we make sense of place in its different dimensions and dynamics? What place and position do we have or take ourselves? During the course we will be weaving connections, deepening understanding, and strengthening our community & personal leadership.
This summer school explores regenerative practices for self, society, and place in the Scheg van West – an ecological corridor into the city of Amsterdam.
You will work with local stakeholders, experts, and the land. Giving voice to this place, exploring its potential and helping to maintain, restore, and regenerate community, local economy, and nature. You will camp on site, in the Tuinen van West, a creative hotspot for urban farming and social enterprise on the border of Osdorp and the polders.
A place is a living whole and asks us to look beyond our disciplines at what makes it healthy. Regenerative development means creating the condition for all life to flourish in a place, and to unleash the potential of communities and existing sources of vitality.
You can expect a deep dive into regenerative practice and leadership. Nature, fire, food, and conversations that matter. Action research that sees the city as our curriculum, with learning journeys, meeting key players, different kinds of knowing, unlikely allies, creative and social interventions, dialogue, and reflection. The outcomes feed into a bottom-up, multi-stakeholder process between the governments, local farmers, companies, and civil society.
- Start is on June 15th, June 29th (online)
- End is on July 22nd on site
- Meetings: June 22th & June 29th (online)
- Camping (safari tents or own tent):
July 7th to July 14th at the Tuinen van West, Amsterdam
July 22nd at the Tuinen van West, Amsterdam
- Presentations are on July 22nd at the Tuinen van West, Amsterdam
- Intakes are on:
June 2nd (17h-18.30h in Utrecht)
June 12th (18.00h online)
- This course is for 3rd year Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD and Honours students from TU/e, WUR and UU. If you are not enrolled in one of these institutions you can participate paying a fee.
- The program provides dinner and accommodation for the week (student fee 150,-).
Breakfast and lunch is on your own cost.
- The language of instruction is English.
- Online preparation and offline course
- Study load 6ECTS (most are earned during the site course)
- Videos can be seen on www.theregenerativecvity.com
Fieldwork, challenges, workshops, teamwork, individual work, reflective practice, community building, and personal leadership work.
The final presentation involves sharing your findings with the stakeholders.
UU students can register via Osiris. TU/e and WUR students register via EduXchange.
Deadline for registration is Monday 12th of June 2023