Mixed Classroom: Techniques of Futuring

The Urban Futures Studio organizes an annual ‘mixed classroom course’, an exciting new form of education for ambitious policymakers and students. The aim of this course is to give participants an understanding of the techniques developed for knowing and anticipating urban futures in view of the planetary crisis of the 21th century. Participation in this course offers students the possibility to gain hands-on experience in connecting ideas to action in collaboration with policymakers, on topics that are both scientifically innovative and societally urgent.

During the course, participants will study and reflect on existing and new practices like scenario’s, backcasting, design thinking and science fiction. Each course ends with a presentation by students in a form that is most fitting to that year's theme. The previous closing sessions were the Uninvited Futuring Exhibition and the Coach for Conversation. 

Curriculum

Aim of the course
The aim of this course is to give participants a better understanding of the available techniques to deal with inherently uncertain futures by imagining what cities of the future may look like, and how they will be experienced by their future inhabitants.

Techniques of futuring
During the course students develop a conceptual and practical understanding of the available techniques for imagining the future. Such as: design thinking, scenario’s, creative writing, and the staging of public participation. 

Mixed Classroom Format
The course offers a mix of (guest) lectures, interviews, case exercises and discussions. Using the mixed classroom format, students learn to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge in case studies on future cities. Participation in this course offers you the possibility to gain hands-on experience in connecting ideas to action in collaboration with policymakers, on topics that are both scientifically innovative and societally urgent. In addition, you get taught innovative forms for doing research and presenting research.