Time has its own way of crafting minds but utilising this time in a charted manner makes individuals stand out. Online courses have in recent times becomes a source of high-quality education that helps to shape the minds of individuals, both students looking for experiential knowledge and professionals seeking a deeper understanding. This list consists of current online courses in the field of urban design, offered by globally renowned institutions across various platforms like edX, Coursera, etc.

1. Urban Design for the Public Good: Dutch Urbanism- DelftX – Powered by edX

This course is taught by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU-Delft as a learning approach to learn how to design landscapes and cities as a response to social and environmental challenges. The course focusses on a Dutch approach to urbanism and is well-suited for individuals interested to deepen their knowledge in latest research findings in urban planning.

2. Leveraging Urban Mobility Disruptions to Create Better Cities- MITx – Powered by edX

This course, offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is specifically designed to bring together professors in the field of transportation from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the USA. The course is recommended to professionals and students in the field of transportation and urban planning to learn how to transform cities into sustainable and equitable cities.

3. Spatial Computational Thinking- NUS – Powered by edX

This is a professional certificate program offered by National University of Singapore and consists of four courses- Procedural Modelling, Sematic Modelling, Generative Modelling and Performative modelling. All the courses will use a free and easy to use browser-based software to write algorithms for generating and visualizing 3D models, called Möbius Modeller. This course will provide the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle computational design challenges using digital technology.

4. Socially-Responsible Real Estate Development- MITx – Powered by edX

Taught by a professor with more than forty-five years of teaching experience at MIT, this course is designed to teach how to evaluate a development project and practice socially responsible real estate development. This course is especially recommended to gain knowledge about the theory and practice of social impact assessment (SIA), environmental impact assessment (EIA), and public consultation.

5. An Introduction to Accessibility and Inclusive Design- UIUC – Powered by Coursera

This course is offered by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and introduces some fundamental principles of accessibility and inclusivity. The curriculum shall also highlight disability etiquette, universal design, campus accessibility policy and the related assistive technology and adaptive strategies for creating spaces for all.

6. Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities- ETHx – Powered by edX

This course, offered by ETH Zurich is the second course in a series of MOOCs under the title “Future Cities.” This urban planning course ficusses on four major area that directly affect the livability in a city- Urban energy, urban climate, urban ecology and urban mobility. This course is recommended for individuals seeking a better insight into livable cities and the impact factors of the urban system on the overall design of the urban paradigm.

7. Action Learning for Inclusion- Politecnico di Milano – Powered by Polimi OPEN KNOWLEDGE

The course explains the methodology to develop planning, urban planning and architectural design teaching and training inititiatives by engaging tools of Action Learning. It focuses specifically on the engagement with vulnerable and marginalised populations.

8. Big Data for Understanding Urbanizing China- TsinghuaX – Powered by edX

The course provided by Tsinghua University in China, combines both the new data generated for urban analysis and its research applications. The content ranges from big data acquisition, analysis, visualization and applications in the context of China’s urbanization and its city planning, to urban modeling methods and typical models, as well as the emerging trend and potential revolution of big data in urban planning.

9. Groundscape Architecture Design Lab, re-thinking cities underground- EPFLx – Powered by edX

Founded by prof. Dominique Perrault in 2013 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) the SubLab is an academic Think Tank and multidisciplinary research platform dedicated to the investigation of the underside of our cities. This course is a learning experience to better understand the concept of ‘groundscape’ that may be a solution to many urban challenges our cities face today.

10. Smart Cities- ETHx – Powered by edX

This course is part of the “Future Cities” XSeries, and builds on the experiences from the first two urban MOOCs: Future Cities and Livability in Future Cities. In this course, individuals are ought to learn the basics of information cities and urban science research to bring any city on the path to becoming a ‘smart city’. This course is designed to build a deeper understanding of how to use the core of smart cities, i.e. the intelligent use of data and information.


Currently pursuing her major in urban planning, she believes that design and literature are two paradigms which can alter the overall outlook of the world when backed by practical data.

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