Course Leader

Giulio Verdini Luz Navarro

Course Info

BA Designing Cities (BADC) is an integrated course between planning and architecture that equips students with the necessary skills and competences to tackle together the multiple challenges of city sustainability, inclusion and resiliency. Over the last years the BADC teaching team gathered together with students and alumni to discuss the future of the course, in the context of an evolving job market and new emerging challenges. The result has been the redesign of a new course focused on the method of inquiry by design, as an explorative tool to test creatively ideas of sustainable urban futures.

The course will be re-launched in the coming months with more emphasis on the relationship between climate emergency and cities, aligned with the on-going work of ArCCAT, the Architecture and Cities Climate Action Taskforce. Cities are understood as both problems and opportunities in the transition towards net-zero emission. At the same time, cities are places where to experience new ways of living, linked to new emerging narratives of happiness, wellbeing and diversity.

Our teaching is focuses on solving emerging urban problems such as the increasing demand of quality green space in London, as we have experienced in the context of year 2 ‘Climate Studio’. At the same time, students had the possibility to visit urban transformation projects in Manchester and East London, observing, at the same time, the tensions of urban regeneration projects in relationship to diverse migrants communities, such as in Elephant & Castle and Seven Sisters. As in the past, we have organized Industry projects with our key partners (i.e. Jacobs, Grosvenor, WSP), and students have been exposed to new problems to solve and new concrete solutions to explore.

The course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Giulio Verdini and Luz Navarro

Course Leaders