The goal of this course is to bring students from different backgrounds together to make connections between disciplines and to build bridges to society. Supported by student coaches and experts, our student teams will work using hands of design thinking methods to solve current challenges based on the UN sustainable development goals. This course is a capstone for the student initiative PRISMA.
Over the last decades, the share of human population living in urban areas has steadily increased, rapidly growing from 751 Million in 1950 to 4.2 Billion in 2018. Today, 55% of the global population lives in cities, and the number is expected to increase to 68% by 2050 , making cities a crucial part of some of today’s most pressing problems like climate change and poverty, but also a main driver for innovation and economic growth. The UN has underlined the importance of cities for the future with its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, which aims at making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Moving beyond traditional teaching approaches, this course allows students to engage creatively in a process of rethinking and redesigning aspects and elements of current and future urban areas, actively contributing towards fulfilling the UN SDG 11.