Urban Regeneration

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You probably know a 'forgotten' place in your town or city. Some area that currently looks messy and isn't really being used. A small spot that could be organised better by taking a close look at the environment and questioning its users. By transforming this location, you can give the neighbourhood a positive stimulus and the area will really be used by its users again. If trends that apply to the area are also taken into account, the area can be designed and organised in a future-proof way.

In this course the following question is answered: How can we (adaptively) design and organise an existing area in the built environment, while taking into account the use and context of the location?

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.

Innovation & Future Visioning | BVVH17URVIS | 5 ECTS credits
In groups, students will be investigating what trends are in play in the research area. They will be using a variety of research methods in order to come to a vision and research question that takes into account the area and its environment, the users and any developments.

Resilient communities | BVVH17URRESI | 5 ECTS credits
This module will look at the tasks, developments and backgrounds that relate to social processes and Healthy Ageing and how this works on a local level.

Spatial Transformation | BVVH17URSPAT | 5 ECTS credits
At present, there are a great many trends in play in every environment, such as energy transition, technological innovation and climate change. In order to respond to these developments and design an area and its environment to be future proof, professionals must have the necessary knowledge of and insight into these issues.

Research through Design | BVVH17URDES | 5 ECTS credits
As a group, students will be conducting design-based research into the innovative solution to their research question, corresponding to their previously drafted vision. That solution may be a prototype; however, it may also be a plan or a process.

Application & Evaluation | BVVH17URAPP | 5 ECTS credits
The solution to students' research questions will be applied and evaluated in consultation with the users and the client.

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

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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