The Inclusive City is one of the hubs of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability. It focuses on the integration of innovations in the streets, neighborhoods and cities of the MRDH, aiming for inclusivity and involvement.
A changing region
Within the Metropole Region of Rotterdam-Den Haag (MRDH) we face a changing world. The region has to respond to the necessity for recycling, a changing climate, digitalization and automatization. This leads to increasingly complex challenges, that require interdisciplinary collaborations and the integration of local and global perspectives to solve them. The MRDH is highly ambitious in its plans for the future; in the Roadmap Next Economy it maps out a collective route towards an inclusive society, entrepreneurial climate and a circular economy. With multiple universities and many innovative partners at its side, the ideas on how to tackle certain problems are certainly present. However, it is not always said how local people can benefit and participate in these plans.
The Inclusive City Hub tackles just that. Within three studios, all revolving around a specific area in the region, graduation students work on projects that explore transitions in an integrated way, connected to local interests.
Individual projects, interdisciplinary collaborations
Students in the Inclusive City Hub come from all different faculties. As a student you graduate with tutors from your own university, but join the hub to give your project a wider scope through the interdisciplinary collaboration with students from other disciplines and problem owners from practice.
The hub consists of three studios, all based around a specific area within the region – the Inner City of Rotterdam, the Central Innovation District in The Hague (CID) and Midden-Delfland – that meet every month. Involved municipalities, companies, organizations and individuals will alternately take a seat at the table to discuss the challenges of these places from various perspectives.
Location & Events
The Inclusive City Hub is based in the Groot Handelsgebouw in Rotterdam, next to Rotterdam Central Station. As a student in the hub, you have access to the facilities of the Kleinhandel and are free to also meet and work here outside of the monthly get-togethers.
Four times a year, the hub organizes a larger event for which we broadly invite people interested in the challenges of the region. Both students and professionals get the chance to speak and share their insights.