Ontwikkeling minor Future Environment
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Ontwikkeling minor Future Environment

Ontwikkeling minor Future Environment

Future Environment – International minor 

Explore the connection between human well-being and the built environment and learn to build communities.

Learn from each other’s perspectives, cultural backgrounds and fields of expertise, and apply your insights to approach complex issues.

Innovate by ‘design thinking’ and use an open mindset to create adaptive solutions for the future environment.

Chances in change

We live in a time of change. In an attempt to preserve our quality of life, societies all over the world deal with different kinds of changes, for example: demographic fluctuations; urbanization and rural depopulation; receding governments; the shift from health to well-being; and the emergence of new economies. The changes are enormous, the outcomes still unknown.

We should realise, however, that change is not always for the worse. Also consider new ways of food production, the rise of local initiatives and renewable energy solutions. Such trends are a source of possibilities for you, as a young professional, to take your social responsibility. You can use your talent in new and exciting ways.

Chances lie in new, interesting developments. Governments losing ground allows for an unprecedented freedom of thought and opportunities. The increase of civic participation opens up new potential, which encourages citizens to play an active part in creating their own communities. The built environment can help in these new communities – but, at the same time, the built environment needs to continue to develop itself and be adaptive to future changes.

It is our aim to give students, teachers and professionals the opportunity to exchange knowledge and find creative and open-minded solutions to challenging questions such as: How can the built environment contribute to people’s well-being? And: How can we stimulate community building by means of a co-creative process?

Our programme focuses on changes at a local scale. In real life cases, we work on improving people’s well-being within neighbourhoods and together shape the future environment.