During the second year, students work in the ‘Laboratory Urban Transformations and Sustainability’ on an individual graduation project on a topic that reflects the research priorities within the urbanism research themes. This is a content driven specialisation with the purpose to acquire further knowledge, skills and experience dealing with the chosen topics.

Topics should be part of the research programme of the department. The research programme and the ‘Laboratory Urban Transformations and Sustainability’ are connected via studios. The studios provide a structured setting in which guidance and tutoring takes place. Graduation projects may focus on several scales, from regional strategic visions to neighbourhood redevelopment projects and may include local trends such as sustainable mobility, urban renewal, shrinkage and densification with an understanding of global trends, such as economic globalisation, re-urbanisation and densification, climate change, demographic trends and the energy transition.

Content-driven activities for all students

The graduation ‘Laboratory Urban Transformations and Sustainability’ includes three kinds of content-driven activities for all students following the master 3 courses:

  • Graduation Orientation
  • Methods of Urbanism
  • Theories of Urbanism

Studios connected to the research groups

In the first quarter, and according to their topic of interest, students will be assigned to work with the research groups in studios where they will work closely with researchers specialized in their specific topic. The students will choose their main graduation mentors from this studio, and a second mentor from a different section. 

Additionally every studio organises theme specific activities, such as lecture series where practitioners and academics from other research institutions present relevant issues and their latest results and experiences, masterclasses dedicated to improve students’ skills (such as GIS, GPS tracking, making a poster, visualisation, other methods, etc.) and peer review sessions.