The Master program during the Winter Semester 2019/2020 focuses on Westland, “Sustainable Alternatives for the Glass City”- an agglomeration of several towns, south of The Hague. Westlands Glass City is the epicenter of the Netherlands’s horticultural production and home to the nation’s largest greenhouse production.

This thesis aims for a sustainable design of urban environments, which is derived from a firm understanding of the city’s existing systems and processes. Consequently, this studio will address local and global challenges through transformative, multiscalar, spatial interventions and through exploring opportunities of their social, environmental and economic dimension.

The complex challenges of today’s rapidly urbanizing cities necessitate a reconsideration of the processes that shape our built environment. Global forces today influence local contexts, which shift our understanding of urban design and brings to the fore questions about resource scarcity, sprawl, social and economic tensions and global division of labour. A growing and unmistakable interest in improving the livability and quality of life in urban areas, calls for visions and strategies that increasingly respond to these rising uncertainties and risks. These radical transformations catalyzed by economic, industrial and technological forces demand likewise new and bold design approaches!

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The first presentation was reviewed by Prof. Vanessa Miriam Carlow and the guest critic Dr. Víctor Muñoz Sanz, part of the Section of Urban Design, Department of Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment, TU Delft. During this week the students will visit Westland and conduct their on site mapping and analysis.

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