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Cancelled: New Urban Development in Berlin

Urbanization is everywhere. Life in cities won’t be the same with an ever growing population. Today, it is more important than ever to analyze the processes regarding urban geography.

Course periodJune 29, 2020 - July 10, 2020 Session I
Category Metropolitan Studies & Urban Development
Course levelsMaster
Class size

max. 15 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 5 ECTS credit points only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time), as well as active participation. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application deadline June 1, 2020, or when participant quota is reached Application period over.
Course fee680.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)


For the first time in history over 50% of the world population lives in cities. In Europe and worldwide, cities face various dynamics and challenges which are reshaping their structures and the situation of their inhabitants. This seminar analyses

  • how cities are effected by various internal and external dynamics (including e.g. migration, growth and decline, social exclusion, globalisation).
  • how they are dealing with these challenges (e.g. through infrastructural planning, growth strategies, and community participation approaches).

The seminar targets students in all relevant disciplines who are interested in the various aspects of Urban Geography, including e.g. city and regional planning, geography, politics, social sciences and economics.


Preliminary Course Program (pdf)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 40 contact hours (one contact hour equals 45 minutes).
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions.


Schedule (Track D)


Monday: 9 am – 12.30 pm
Tuesday: 9.30 am – 3 pm
Thursday: 9.30 am – 3 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12.30 pm


Week 2

Monday: 9 am – 12.30 pm
Tuesday: 9.30 am – 3 pm
Thursday: 1 pm – 6.30 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12.30 pm


Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Boat trip, Beach Volleyball, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Master students and advanced undergraduate students (final year) of all subjects with an academic background and a strong interest in the various aspects of Urban Geography, including e.g. city and regional planning, geography, politics, social sciences and economics.

In order to follow the course, a very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Prof. Dr. Lech Suwala

Lech Suwala is currently a Full Professor (Guest) for Urban and Regional Economics at Technische Universität Berlin. Apart from that, he worked as a Visiting Associate Professor for Innovation Management at Ritsumeikan University, Japan, Osaka and Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is a geographer and economist with working experience in both science and industry. He has held positions as Research Fellow at Simon-Fraser-University, Vancouver, Canada; Lecturer at the University of Namibia, Windhoek and University of Applied Sciences on Technology and Economics, Berlin. His expertise includes spatial creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship research, European and regional planning, as well as smart und green approaches towards urban development. His research has been published in both peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Regional Studies, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Society and Economy) and internationally edited volumes (Ashgate, Routledge, Springer).

Dr. Antonella Radicchi

Dr. Radicchi’s expertise encompasses integrated urban design and planning, soundscape research, environmental noise and quiet areas, qualitative research methods and participatory tools, like soundwalks and the citizen science Hush City app.  Dr. Radicchi is currently HEAD-Genuit Foundation Senior Research Fellow at TU Berlin Institute of City & Regional Planning, where she leads the Hush City Mobile Lab project.  Dr. Radicchi is a registered architect and she holds a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Territorial Planning, with doctoral studies conducted at MIT (Cambridge, USA) and at the University of Firenze (IT).  Her research and professional work on soundscape has been widely awarded. Most notably: the HEAD-Genuit Foundation research grant, the Ipodi-Marie Curie Fellowship, the nomination as Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year 2016 (finalist) for the Hush City app, the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, and the National Institute of Urbanism Award for the best Italian dissertation in urbanism, then published as a monograph. Dr. Radicchi also collaborates with the European Commission Executive Research Agency as an external expert evaluator and rapporteur in the framework of HORIZON 2020. CV, publications & updates on Dr. Radicchi’s research are available at: www.opensourcesoundscapes.org || www.antonellaradicchi.it

Dr. Hans-Hermann Albers

Hans-Hermann Albers, Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. is a Berlin based architect, urbanist and consultant. He studied architecture and urban design in Graz, Athens and Helsinki. His work and research topics are „Corporate Urban Responsibility“, urban transformation through digitalization and urban tourism. He is co-founder of Inwista (Institute for urban economics) and teaches at the TU Berlin, Institute for Urban and Regional Planning (ISR), Department of Urban and Regional Economy.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin