Urban planning and design education benefit from a broad and open international debate. Even though solutions must fit local conditions, many problems are global in scope, and international collaborations are fun and fruitful. Increasing the range of planning and design practices and research available to students can substantially enrich the debate about on-campus education. 

The Bridging DOCS project aims to integrate the TU Delft Urbanism master students with students from existing TU Delft online courses. This integration will start with the development of a platform connecting the students from the master course “Methodology for Urbanism” with participants of the “Rethink the City” MOOC (massive open online course), both organised at Bouwkunde.

The case studies and the discussions from the online course will broaden the debate in the on-campus course, bringing a critical international perspective to the classroom and making on-campus education connected to an active international community. 

The integration between on-campus and on-line courses can be expanded to other courses at TU Delft. 

The Comenius Teaching Fellows grant covers the first phase of development and implementation of this project . Following this first phase, the platform will be reevaluated and the same methods can be applied to other disciplines. 

The Bridging DOCS project has a duration of 15 months and it will be managed by Igor Pessoa, coordinator of the Rethink the City MOOC, and Roberto Rocco, coordinator of the Methodology for Urbanism course.

This project is spear headed by Igor Pessoa and Roberto Rocco, both working at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. Igor, together with Luz Maria Vergara, headed the development and coordination of two editions of the Rethink the City MOOC. The course focused on learning from the urban challenges of the Global South. This course received international rvecognition with an honourable mention from the Open Education Consortium and was the winner of the ‘Excellence in Teaching Award’ from the Association of European Schools of Planning. This course created a broad and diverse international environment for knowledge exchange about urban planning, and created “potential for significant transnational impact through a global, and multiple domestic, ‘planning educational networks'. 

Check out the project here.