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Climate Resilient Cities

Life On Land; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action; Clean Water and Sanitation

Worldwide cities are challenged by water excess causing widespread floods. Urban drainage infrastructures increasingly have difficulties to cope with the imminent higher rain intensities as a result of climate change. Fast growing cities, especially those in the global South where many are in low lying deltas, are under pressure to accommodate changing societies and to protect its inhabitants, especially the urban poor. Cities in western societies, where a large portion of the urban environment is privately owned, face similar challenges. Developments of urban drainage infrastructure often take decades, which makes it difficult to adapt to socio-economic trends and changing climate.

Cities need to become resilient for such changes to provide inhabitants and other stakeholders a secure environment to build up their livelihoods and sustain socio-economic growth.


The challenge

Your challenge is to come up with solutions for a climate resilient city, either for the municipality of Enschede, the Netherlands, or for the city of Kampala, Uganda. You are asked to make a functional design for an intervention that contributes to the flood resilience based on an analysis of the current situation. Successful interventions not only consider the physical aspects of reality, but also take into account the stakeholder perspectives. Quantification of its impact and an analysis of the feasibility are an integral part of the design. 


Practical information

This challenge is part of a larger course Climate Resilient Cities, of the Master programme Spatial Engineering. You will participate in a part of the project only, a 5 EC Challenge. You can follow additional parts of the course, but do not have to. As the course is on Master level, you can only participate in this challenge when you have a Bachelor degree. Special ECIU student teams will be formed, who will have their own tutor. 


A max of 10 ECIU students (= 2 teams) can apply for this challenge.

Prerequisite: participating students must have a Bachelor degree.

Deadline of application: 22 August 2021

Start of challenge: 6 September 2021

End of challenge: 12 November 2021

Time investment: approx. 14 hours/week on average, during the whole 10 week period.


After successful completion of the challenge, you will receive a certificate and a transcript of records with ECs.

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