edX MOOC Global Housing Design


This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) uncovers how social, economic and environmental factors are interrelated in the design of housing settlements. For this, the course dives into three key aspects that are key for housing design: time, environment, and community.

Each of these aspects is examined through a specific design approach, respectively:

Incrementality: how dwelling environments should be able to accommodate growth and change through time.

Typology Mix: how design can be responsive to different patterns of inhabitation, aspirations and cultural backgrounds, creating inclusive dwelling environments.

Clustering: what methods and strategies can shape the association of dwelling units in order to create meaningful communities.

This course addresses issues related with affordable housing design, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. It explores the intricacies of designing “housing for the large number”, as well as inspire learners to understand their own context and the housing challenges they might be facing.



TU Delft Extension School

Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)
Programme: TU Delft Online Learning
Role TU Delft:  Lead partner
Project duration: March 2021 - ongoing
TU Delft researchers:                 Prof.ir. Dick van Gameren
Dr. Nelson Mota
Ir. Frederique van Andel
Ir. Rohan Varma

Project partners

Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)