Our Course Programme

The detailed schedule of our course programme is still “work in progress“, but below we provide enough information to get an idea for what you can expect:

A Holistic, and Global Perspective

We want to look at the topic of sustainable cities from as many different perspectives as possible, looking at topics,  including:

  • Food
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Social Interaction

and we want to explore each of these aspects in a global context, looking at what they mean for cities in different parts of the world.

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A Project-Based Approach

During the summer course, you will not just be a passive participant.

Instead, as part of a small team of participants, you will be assigned a city somewhere in the world and given the task to develop plans for a sustainable future for that city.

Part of that challenge will be developing a physical model of your future city – using wood, glue, cardboard, and of course lots of creativity!

 

A Typical Day

As we said, we are still working on the details of the course programme, but below is what you can expect on a typical day on the course:

  • 8:00 – Breakfast in your boarding school house on campus
  • 9:00 – Field Visit
    e.g. visit to a local solar power project or meeting with a traffic planning expert
  • 13:00 – Lunch & Siesta back on campus
  • 14:30 – Sharing & Discussion about field trip (or anything else you want to talk about!)
  • 15:30 – Break
  • 16:00 – Team Time: incorporating what you have learned today into your team project
  • 17:00 – Time Off because we all need a break some time!
  • 18:00 – Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening Fun (strictly optional!):
    Films, impromptu concerts, time at the pizza oven… or simply quietly reading a book
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We are serious about fun

Learning is important, but we also know this camp happens in your summer holidays! So we will make sure that there’s enough time for fun – for swimming in the river (5 mins from the campus), trips to the city (15 minutes by bike or tram), basket- or volleyball games on campus, camp fires & pizza oven sessions in our garden.

For the weekend, we are planning a hike in the Black Forest, sleeping in a tent under the stars if you want to.

Oh, and if you need some quiet time then our campus with the 500 year old monastery garden at the edge of the forest offers lots of opportunities to go for a walk, sit somewhere quietly to read a book… or just do nothing and soak up the sunshine. It’s your summer holidays, after all!