UTRECHT SUMMER SCHOOL 2023
Let's Build a Beautiful City
JULY 17th - AUGUST 3rd
Stay tuned for our 2024 edition!
Why a Summer School?
Urban design is more important than ever. With the housing crisis, an increasingly vulnerable environment and the threat of climate change, we need to rethink how we approach the building of cities as a society. We cannot afford to create low-quality, short-term solutions - we need to build to sustain, to use less resources in the long term and reduce our environmental impact. We must learn from past mistakes. Many mass housing developments have proven to not be as attractive, and thus as future-proof, as the designers intended. As a society we need more beautiful, attractive places; but how to build these?
Much of the necessary knowledge has been either lost or overlooked by recent generations of architects and urbanists. INTBAU, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, was founded to rebuild and spread this knowledge, to improve our built environment, and to create places where people feel at home, productive and happy. Summer schools in countries such as Sweden, Spain and Belgium have proven to be an effective way to inspire a new generation of urbanists to tackle the challenges of today. This is why we chose to organise the Summer School: Let’s Build a Beautiful City!
We envision the creation of many new, attractive places where people feel at home; places of wonder and beauty that reflect local tradition and history, but still function well in today’s technologically-advanced society. We envision places that are built for the present day with an eye toward the future, that will last much longer than most of today’s newly-built environments.
Top Class Tutors
At the Summer School, top-class international architects and urbanists will give lectures and instruct our students in design studios. Some of the best draughtsmen with a deep understanding of traditional and Classical architecture will instruct the students with the basic drawing & designing skills they need to become proficient designers. Names include Alejandro García Hermida, Robert Cox, Conor Lynch, Peter Drijver, Mieke Bosse and many others.
This Summer School is open to 24 people of all ages and walks of life. No previous education in the field is required. The diverse mix of students will ensure that there is the potential to learn from different perspectives: everyone with a passion for urbanism and architecture, both professionals and enthusiasts, can deepen their knowledge and skills during this Summer School.
One of the key focuses of this Summer School is to provide our students with the skills to create sustainable environments. Not only energy efficiency matters, but also the use of local, high quality materials and the durability of the urban fabric.
Attractiveness, harmony and beauty are essential factors in this mix, but these are sadly often overlooked in current day Architectural & Urban design curricula. This Summer School offers a curriculum in which these factors are key.
An Answer to the Housing Crisis
To solve the housing crisis, we need to build more homes. Our philosophy is that creating attractive, beautiful designs for new places is an effective way to inspire and even win over developers, investors, policymakers and politicians. Not only that: by offering an attractive prospect with beautiful urban designs, we believe it is also possible to generate bottom-up support for new urban development proposals. The work of ‘La Table Ronde d’Architecture’ in Belgium, which designs counter-proposals, generates ample media attention and proves this point.
The Summer School provides an engaging mix of lectures, studio exercises, field excursions, and design work. Leading architects, academics, and urbanists deliver lectures on urbanism and urban design, sustainability, classical and traditional architecture, and building methods. Studio exercises offer participants the opportunity to develop, or further enhance, their sketching, drawing and watercolor skills. The lectures, studio exercises and excursions will be put to practical use in a number of design projects ranging from individual buildings to larger urban spaces. The course culminates with a final design project where participants work together to design and exhibit a masterplan for a potential future community. It promises to be a wonderful, enriching experience and we hope to see you there!
Utrecht, the Netherlands
Studio and lectures: TBA
Regular price: TBA (apply on or after April 1st)
Early bird price: TBA (Apply before April 1st)
Accomodations (optional): Uithof, Utrecht - Johanna building
How to apply
A short letter of intent is required (maximum of one A4). You also have the option to include samples of your hand-drawings (maximum of five samples).
Stay tuned for our 2024 edition!
01 / 05 / 2023 - Applications for 2023 CLOSED
The applications for our 2023 summer school edition have closed! For those interested to join but who have missed the deadline, stay tuned for the 2024 edition.
08 / 03 / 2022 - Summer School location confirmed!
We are thrilled to announce the location of (most of) our lectures and studios for our Summer School: Drift 25, right in the centre of Utrecht.
01 / 05 / 2022 - Applications closed
Application for our 2022 summer school are closed. Please stay tuned for our 2023 edition! In the meantime, we recommend you to follow our reports on the progress of this years' edition.
28 / 03 / 2022 - Project location announced
The Summer School 'Let's Build a Beautiful City' offers its students a real-world case study. We are glad to announce we have found a partner in the developer of Bijleveld, a greenfield development site near Utrecht, the Netherlands. Our students will design a town of 1900 homes in this location!
02 / 02 / 2022 - Applications now open!
Great news - the applications for Let's Build a Beautiful City are now open! We can't wait to see your application. Currently we expect to close the applications around May, so don't forget to apply quickly if you're interested.
In order to make this Summer School a reality and to offer our students the best possible experience, various expenses have to be covered. For example, we would like to pay our teachers for their lectures and to have our overseas teachers to visit the Summer School in Utrecht. We also aim to keep the costs as low as possible for the students. To cover these costs, we depend on the charity of sponsors who believe in the mission of this Summer School. Naturally we are pleased to offer our sponsors value in return for their generosity.
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Friend of the Summer School
As Friend of the Summerschool, your organisation’s name will be in the brochure of the Summer School and you will be able to attend one of the many interesting lectures.
As Bronze Sponsor, your organisation’s name and logo will be visible on all the Summer School publications, as well as in the brochure. You will also be invited to attend a lecture and one of the studio sessions.
As a Silver Sponsor, you will get all the perks of the Bronze Sponsorship package (lecture + studio, name + logo in all publications). Apart from that, you will be invited to present yourself as person or organisation at one of the evening lectures and to have Q&A session with the students.
As a Gold Sponsor, you will get all the perks of the Silver & Bronze
Sponsorship packages. As key sponsor, you will be included as
one of the members of the final review board. Together with other experts, you will review the final works of the students. The name of your organisation will be on the ‘goodie bag’ handed out to the students.
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For urgent matters, please contact:
Alexander van Tuyll
Flavio Díaz Míron Rodriguez
Traditional and Classical Architecture and Urban Design Stichting
KvK Utrecht: 85094102 | SBI code: 94993 | RSIN:
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