European Urban Experience: Why Cities MatterSemester Course

Urban Studies
Week-Long Study Tour
Budapest-Vienna (Spring) or Germany (Fall) or Barcelona
Core Course Week Study Tour
Southern Sweden or Denmark or Northern Germany
Major Discipline(s)
Anthropology, Urban Design, Urban Studies
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

Using the city as our classroom, this course combines first-hand experiences through biking, walking, and sensing the city with theoretical knowledge of the built environment, urban life, and urban transformations. The understanding of cities draws from different fields through expressions of society: civility in the midst of diversity, culture and art, science and technology, trade, commerce, money, power, politics, policy, and political tension and strife. The course introduces current urban paradigms, urban practices, and urban policies, putting Copenhagen and cities in Europe on the map in terms of urban sustainability, livability, and resilience.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
History, Sociology


Regitze Hess

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect MAA, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen (1993). B.Eng. – Civil, McGill University, Montreal (1985). Currently Special Advisor with International Federation for Housing and Planning [IFHP], working with IFHP in various capacities since 2005. A long range of experience advocating for better cities and built environments through the world of philanthropy, non-profits, academia & private practice; as conference organizer; curator; publisher, editor & writer; teacher and critic. Positions of trust include Gehl Institute Board Member. With DIS since 2002.

Mathilde Riou

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Masters (Urban Studies, KTH Royal University of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017). Masters (Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, National Institute of Sciences (INSA) Lyon, France, 2016). Project manager in sustainable and participatory urbanism, Wigwam Consulting, 2017-2020. Freelance process consultant and visual facilitator for urban projects, The Urban Mycelium, 2021-present. With DIS since 2024.