Urban Regeneration

  • Minor
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Urban Regeneration

Start: February
  • Environment

You probably know places in your town or city needing a boost or dramatic improvements! This could take the form of physical, economic or social intervention. Closely examining the area and surveying the users will enable you to gain first-hand insight into their current concerns and where change is needed to boost the area. This adjustment, taking into account any trends and developments, will ensure a future-proof design and/or organisation of the area. The ultimate goal is to train students in the techniques required for the successful participation in adaptive urban regeneration.

About this minor

On completion of this minor, students will be able to answer the following question: 

How can we adaptively design and organize the built environment to stimulate integrated regeneration in ways that engage all stakeholders in the local and regional processes of current and future change?

The students will be analysing an area as a group, e.g. identifying the trends at play in the area, what the needs of the users are, how the area and its direct environment are built up and what opportunities the area offers. The solution to the issue regarding the area will be examined as part of the design process and translated into a plan or design in close consultation with the users of the area and with the future in mind.

The Urban Regeneration minor allows students to think in an innovative way, to conduct research while designing a solution, to work with members of various disciplines and cultures, to gain insight into and experience with the way people and places interact and to design a future-proof adaptive environment for people to use.

The minor is suitable for students majoring in different subjects and who have different backgrounds. This minor is particularly suited to students with an affinity for research and design and with a desire to help reinvigorate specific neighbourhoods by way of socio-physical interventions and contribute to creating a future-proof built environment.


For more information about the subjects check the ECTS Course Catalogue.

Educational approach

In this minor, students will be working on a specific area in groups. Each student will contribute their own knowledge, skills, and background, which will allow students and lecturers to learn from one another. The issues will be investigated through design-based research, with expert lectures providing the necessary support, occasionally on a Just-in-Time basis. In addition, the minor provides students with the space to arrive at and create innovative solutions.

Study Programme

This minor is part of the Hanze UAS Groningen (Dutch-taught) Built Environment bachelor's programme.

Before you can start

Available to

  • students following the Built Environment programme at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (minor enrolment via Osiris);
  • other students at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (minor enrolment via Osiris);
  • students from other institutions in the Netherlands
  • students from institutions abroad. For more information visit hanze.nl/io. The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 May, for the spring semester this is 15 October.

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Fields of interest

  • Environment