École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems

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Matthias Finger

Instructor: Matthias Finger


(172 reviews)

Intermediate level
Some related experience required
16 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Analyse the evolution in city planning and the related strategies impacting the creation of urban space

  • Understand the main challenges of urban governance in its institutional, financial, economic and social dimensions

  • Assess the different strategies for urban renewal

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There are 5 modules in this course

What's included

2 videos5 readings

Welcome to the first week of the MOOC! This week, we will be addressing the first phase of the urban value chain: planning. Why do we talk about urban planning? Cities are human-made environments and are therefore constructed; and construction is planned. We want to understand how urban planning plays a fundamental role to make the city humane, liveable and an accessible social space to its inhabitants. The objective of the week is therefore to understand the complexities involved in the “production of space”.

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7 videos5 readings6 quizzes1 plugin

Welcome to the second week of the MOOC! We will address the second phase of the urban value chain! Governance. What is relevant for governance? There are first the institutions and their history, the resources available and those that are to be developed; and more recently we have observed the impact on digitalization on governance. We now want to explore how digitalization can actually improve it. The objective of the second week is to analyse the institutional, organizational and financial issues of metropolitan governance.

What's included

8 videos3 readings7 quizzes1 plugin

Welcome to the third week of the MOOC! We are still dealing with governance, but this week, we will be addressing the economic and social perspectives. In every city, there are economic and social inequities. Different groups of population have differentiated access to urban infrastructure and services. The objective of the week is to discuss social justice issues of governing urban infrastructure and explore ways and means to address them.

What's included

7 videos3 readings6 quizzes1 plugin

Welcome to the last week of the MOOC! We are now dealing with the third phase of the urban value-chain: regeneration. Why is this phase important? Every city has pockets of underused land or distressed and decaying urban areas. They weaken the city’s image, liveability and productivity. Urban regeneration is a strategy to address inner cities decline and deprivation. On the other hand, local governments may be willing to expand urban areas and create new cities. The objective of the week is to understand urban regeneration strategies and analyse the creation of new cities.

What's included

7 videos5 readings6 quizzes1 plugin


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4.8 (64 ratings)
Matthias Finger
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
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