(Re)Imagining Port Cities: Understanding Space, Society and Culture (RIPC - 15EC)


About this minor

Designing is imagining the future. In a time of climate change and multiple transitions, a ‘designerly’ attitude is needed more than ever. Understanding past practices, institutional frameworks and socio-cultural conditions is the basis for new interventions. In this minor, students link research and design from multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives with a focus on the future of the port city of Rotterdam. Students will develop skills to identify and address the challenges that port city territories are facing now and in the future.

For whom?
This minor is open for all BSC students with interest in port cities and in research and design in a social, historical and cultural context. More specifically, students who want to learn to work independently, study texts, analyze maps and sketch new ideas for the city of the future.
For non-design students, this means an introduction into the way designers think and act and an understanding of the relationship between designing and their own professional way of thinking. For design students this means that they will be able to improve their skills in the design process, especially in a social, cultural context.

Learning outcomes

In this minor you will work on a series of short design and research studies and learn how to:

  • study (analyze and reflect upon) the historical, social and cultural context in port-city territories in relation to the present and the future;
  • experiment (sketch, explore and test) with possible alternative future ideas,
  • take position as designer with regard to the future of port cities
  • elaborate the theme in a design at different scale levels, such as public space, street furniture and/or an urban vision.

Good to know

Make sure to register to the correct variant of this joint-minor. After the registration is closed you cannot change this anymore. The 15EC (Q1) variant is mainly for EUR students. Students are encouraged to register for the full 30EC (Q1+Q2) minor.

Student at Leiden University, TU Delft or Erasmus University Rotterdam?
Check the eligibility matrix to see if your bachelor’s degree programme offers access to this and other minors at https://www.tudelft.nl/minor

Student at another educational institution?
External students cannot register via EduXchange. Interested in this minor, read the whole registration procedure at https://www.tudelft.nl/minor

For information about the courses, visit the TU Delft study guide.
For additional information on this minor, visit the TU Delft minor page.

This joint minor is offered in collaboration with Leiden University and/or Erasmus University Rotterdam. This means education can take place in multiple locations. Want to know more about joint minors? Visit https://www.leiden-delft-erasmus.nl/en/education/minors.

In principle the education is in the faculty of architecture in Delft.

Teaching method and examination

Lectures, design and research studies.

The minor consists of two courses (each a quarter) with lectures and tutorials in the (design) studio.

Check the detailed overview of courses, learning activities and study load at https://www.studyguide.tudelft.nl/

Link to more information

If anything remains unclear, please check the FAQ of TU Delft.


  • Start date

    2 September 2024

    • Ends
      9 February 2025
    • Term *
      Block MIN N S1
    • Location
      Delft & Rotterdam
    • Instruction language
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