Urban Regeneration

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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.


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.


The minor consists of the following 6 modules worth 5 EC each:

Initiate & Interact | BVVH17URACT | 5 ECTS credits
The first component of this module focuses on working together to gain strength, on group formation and on activating and sharing individual knowledge, skills and perspectives. The second component comprises an exploratory investigation in which the first research steps are taken, supported by techniques and methodologies.

Spatial Transformation | BVVH17URSPAT | 5 ECTS credits
To identify the regeneration possibilities and opportunities for the study area the student will focus in this module on the question: How does the built environment of the study area relate to its context? To answer this question you will analyse the area by objective and subjective approach. The structure of this module is 'creative'. Students are challenged to formulate new/innovative/creative insights. As the name suggests, this subject involves spatially transforming urban analyses into an urban planning model.

Resilient communities | BVVH17URRESI | 5 ECTS credits
Besides to research the physical environment of the case study area it is also important to consider the interests and concerns of the residents, what is important to them and particularly how they perceive their living environment. This information should subsequently be incorporated in the design process. The objective of this module is to learn how to make contact with the residents and their neighbourhood, as well as how to develop a deeper understanding of them and their needs, so students can carry out assignments in co-creation with the residents.

Innovation & Future Visioning | BVVH17URVIS | 5 ECTS credits
In this module students envision the future by formulating relevant scenarios in relation to the case study area. While it is uncertain what the future will hold, what should you take into account if you want to anticipate the future, or which trends, social developments and spatial aspects are important in that respect? Formulating scenarios will provide insight into these developments. The objective of this module is to acquaint the students with this method, motivate them to conduct research and encourage them to think outside the box. In this module, the emphasis is on the learning process and the student's development.


Research through Design | BVVH17URDES | 5 ECTS credits
This module will help the student to uncover and understand the real issues and to not only analyse and design the best possible solutions but to understand how this is done and what you need to do that. By making conceptual prototypes that combine analysis, your communication media, your explanations, reflections and planned improvements, each student will be more able to understand their point of departure and their place of destination.


Application & Evaluation | BVVH17URAPP | 5 ECTS credits
In this module, students present to the users of the case study area their ideas about a future-proof adaptive environment and use the received feedback to improve these ideas. The focus is on the defined issues formulated in earlier modules, this could be on improving the way people and places interact, adaptively design and/or organize the built environment regarding ongoing or upcoming issues, stimulate to engage stakeholders in the local and regional processes, etc.

For more information about the subjects see 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.

Minor type

Mandatory: students following the Built Environment programme and taking a major in Urban Development (Ruimtelijke Ontwikkeling) must choose at least one of the following minors: Urban Governance or Urban Regeneration.

Will take place in

Semester 2 (spring semester)

Number of ECTS credits




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 our partner institutions abroad. You can apply once your university has officially nominated you. For more information visit hanze.nl/isd. The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 May, for the spring semester this is 15 October.

Contact person

Dutch students:
Ms D.A.A. Krol (Doutsen)
E: d.a.a.krol@pl.hanze.nl  
T: 050 595 46 07

Foreign students:
Dhr. J.H. Boer (Eric)
E: j.h.boer@pl.hanze.nl
T: 050 595 45 88


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