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.