Urban Walkability: Streetscape Design for Berlin encourages students to understand and analyze streets, both as places where most of our urban problems and shortcomings occur, and as places where they can be solved, to the benefit of communities. It addresses the negative impacts of rapid development, specifically concerning transportation, which impacts three main human development areas: Register Now

  • health, regarding diseases related to air pollutants, emissions and low levels of physical activity;

  • the environment, in terms of the excessive land demand of asphalt for motorized vehicles resulting in heat island effects and run-off water pollution, among other things and;

  • the economy, where the costs of avoidable disease rates, fuel consumption and many other negative urban outcomes are felt.

The course offers students from all disciplines novel ways of:

  • evaluating urban neighborhood conditions for pedestrian environments (both walking and biking);

  • developing neighborhood-scale networks that foster healthy behaviors (e.g. healthy eating or positive social encounter) and;

  • proposing solutions that attend real community needs and problems in specific Berlin sites.

The course is designed to deliver planning and design solutions that foster health promotion, achieve environmental gain and increase economic productivity by bringing into perspective the most advanced concepts and strategies from public health, urban planning and urban & architectural design. Furthermore, the course uses a range of mixed media, to train students in delivering evidence-based recommendations to all kinds of decision-makers involved in healthcare. Register Now

Taking the “Urban walkability and streetscape design” will allow CAEDD students to get the equivalent to 5 credit hours, (ARC 403 & ARC 413).

Having taken this course, students will have learned skills useful in proposing and developing ideas that improve the public life of urban neighborhoods such as:

  • Neighborhood environment evaluation considering data points in:

    • Public health

    • Urban planning (focus on transportation)

    • Urban & Architectural Design

  • Systematic research skills using

    • Secondary sources (computer-based review), and

    • Primary sources (direct observations)

  • Narrative techniques

  • Transdisciplinary concept designing

  • Group work and team building

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The course will include the following components:

  • Input lectures

    • Active Transportation in Europe

    • Sustainable Neighborhoods

    • Walkability for Health Evaluation Framework

    • Health Behavior and Healthy Destinations

  • Computer-based research

  • Field study

  • Note-and-vote technique for decision making

  • Practical workshops

  • Group presentations with guest critics

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SAR 40,000    Register Now

Package Includes:

  • Kick off day & 3 day summer camp in Riyadh

  • Fee for 4 week Summer School in Berlin

  • Accommodation in Berlin

  • Visa to Germany *

  • Flight to and from Berlin

  • Local transportation in Berlin

  • Site seeing tours

*Delta Desert Impact Academy and/or Dar Al Uloom University cannot be held responsible if the visa application is rejected. Being accepted in this program in no way guarantees a visa to Germany as this is completely up to the German Embassy.


Module Description Date
1 Kick off day in Riyadh 23rd July, 2016
2 Summer School in Berlin 25 July-18 August 2016
3 Saudi Summer Camp in Riyadh 25-27 August 2016

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Alvaro Valera Sosa (TU-Berlin)

Since 2001, Alvaro Valera Sosa (Dipl.-Ing. Architekt MScPH), has developed architectural projects globally, including in Venezuela, Spain and the UAE. In 2007 he participated in national healthcare projects such as an overhaul of the national hospital network led by the Venezuelan Ministry of Health. In 2012 he established evidence-based design research at the Berlin Institute of Technology seeking to include systematic research and evaluation methods in healthcare design processes

As a public health researcher and architect, his vision is to achieve quality of care and a more sustainable healthcare system by developing novel clinical care possibilities within disease prevention & control mechanisms, at the neighborhood level.

He conducts research and teaches at the Architecture for Health Department at TU-Berlin and collaborates with other major European universities such as Chalmers (Sweden), Aalto (Finland), and Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy).

Guest Lecturers:

  • Cor Wagenaar (TU-Delft)

  • Göran Lindahl (Chalmers University of Technology)

  • Katja Thorwarth (TU-Berlin)

  • Susanne Glade (GO+ Architects)

Please direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: summeruniversity(at)tubs.de. We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.

Glimpses of TU Berlin Summer University