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Urban Retrofitting: connection people, spaces and flows (1st semester 20/21)

During the minor your will conduct an in-depth analysis of an international case study area with challenges relating to urban sprawl, car dependency, social cohesion and the quality of the public realm. This case study area will be related to a dedicated project sponsor. For this year we have contacts with potential sponsors in Calgary, Vancouver (Canada) and Bizkaia (Bilbao region).
To meet the challenges in the case study areas you will create an overall vision and a concept including hardware (physical), software (behavioural campaigns) and orgware (placemaking, events and legislation) measures. Important are the potential synergies between these measures. Within the concepts, you will create detailed designs for the public spaces and streets. Therefore, you will be working in multidisciplinary teams. The final products of the minor include an overall background report, a 10-pager highlighting the unique elements of your vision and concepts, a poster and (optional) new media such as interactive webpages, Virtual Reality etc. After the minor, the best teams and students get the opportunity to visit the project sponsor and present their work to local experts and community groups.


• Assess the current situation in your international case study area with the STEEP and SWOT analysis tools;
• Create integrated concepts with hardware, software and orgware interventions for the redevelopment and revitalization of your case study area which are grounded in theory and are aligned with the results of your SWOT analysis;
• Create a detailed integrated plan to tackle societal issues related to urban sprawl and car dependency in your case study area;
• Provide a coherent storyline from the SWOT analysis to concepting and the specific measures;
• Conduct targeted Urban Guerilla tactics in practice.

Aanvullende informatie


• Shifting car dependency / Bicycle oriented development
• Successful identity building / Making places for wellbeing (economy).
• Social cohesion and equity / Balanced density and living
• Tactical Urbanism and involvement / placemaking
• Energy & climate transition 

Structure of the minor 

You will work with a group of 4-6 students on a dedicated case study area.
The minor consists of three phases with summative assessment including group and individual elements.
I) Initiation phase
II) Integration phase
III) Communication phase

In the first phase, the group work will be directed to the STEEP and SWOT analysis regarding the project area and the individual work will be focused on digging deep into the theory regarding one of the five aforementioned topics (car dependency, identity building etc). In the second phase you will be responsible for one part of the group work and you will integrate these parts into an overall draft end product. In the communication phase you will focus strongly on your communication skills, how can we best convey our message towards our project sponsor and the wider audience. During the minor the project sponsor will visit Breda University a couple of times to engage in interaction and challenge your concepts.

Teaching method(s)

Two days will be allocated for coaching in a studio. In the first part of the minor, masterclasses and mini lectures will be provided regarding the topics described. In addition you will have one day allocated to work with your team and on demand coaching. The two other days are spent on individual work or group work.

The lectures and coaching is provided in English.

International context 

Full international context


2-3 years foreknowledge Built Environment or Logistics


I) Initiation phase (10EC group 50%/individual 50%)
II) Integration phase (10 EC group 50%/individual 50%)
III) Communication phase (10 EC group 100%).