Executive Master in Resilient and Carbon Neutral Cities

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  • Programme title
    Executive Master in Resilient and Carbon Neutral Cities
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Centre de Formation continue en Sciences humaines et sociales
    • Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta
  • Title type
    formation continue
  • Open to returning students
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
  • Programme duration
    long (more than 15 days)
  • Campus
    Campus Flagey + Online
  • Category / Topic
    Art - Architecture/Sciences and technics - Architecture and urban planning/Sciences and technics - Engineering sciences



General information

Title type

formation continue

Programme duration

long (more than 15 days)

Learning language(s)


Schedule type



Campus Flagey + Online

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Art - Architecture/Sciences and technics - Architecture and urban planning/Sciences and technics - Engineering sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies) Open to returning students



  • Course fee: 2295 euros
  • Reduced fee for alumni of the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta: 1795 euros
  • Scholarships are available for 15 ULB students : see "Calendar & registration"
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Academic leader and speakers

Academic leader

Didier Vancutsem






While the EU aims to be climate-neutral by 2050 - an objective at the heart of the European Green Deal and in line with the EU’s commitment to global climate action under the Paris Agreement -, this Executive Master intends to:
  • describe and develop the levers towards a carbon-neutral and resilient city. These levers are related to all urban systems through needed material and energy, but also related to actions aiming to a better resilience towards climate change.
  • design a Climate Carbon-Neutral Strategy allowing to mobilise the entire potentials of the urban system and in particular to reintegrate a dynamic process on the triptical system Social – Environment – Territory. 


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The Executive Master Courses are delivered by high-level experts from different ULB faculties, but also by external experts from international partner universities and European / global organisations, such as UN-Habitat and the European Commission. The Executive Master is contributing to the New European Bauhaus initiative of the European Commission and is acknowledged by the World Urban Campaign of UN-Habitat. 

Calendar & registration


Show your interest

Admissions are based on applications. Candidates must provide a certificate of completion of a first cycle higher education diploma or proceed to a VAE (validation of acquired experience). 

Target audience

This Executive Master is intended for architects, urban planners and landscape architects, graduates with a university-level master's degree, master's students and all professionals holding the titles of architect, engineer-architect, graduate engineer who are concerned with sustainable urban development and wish to improve their skills.

Calendar & registration

Scholarships are available for ULB students (master level).
Students and PhD students applying for the scholarship will be asked to provide a certificate of completion of a first cycle degree and a confirmation of registration at ULB for the academic year of the executive master. 


Cities and metropolises worldwide are reinventing themselves in order to adapt to the global climate change challenges. At the beginning of the third Millenium, sustainable development as a response to the climate trends calls to a new, radical transformation of the urban humanity, where everyone needs to act responsibly. A great amount of cities have to rethink their energy resources consumption, as well as their food and material resources management. The City Scan Method reveals a constellation of different, interconnected systems. While checking their system connections, climate challenges demonstrate that their effectiveness depends mostly from their mutual interaction and their synergies – similar to the chemical chain reactions in human metabolism. For future cities, there is the need to think and start the urban mutations from topics connected to the environment: not only planning our urban forms, but also to unleash evolution potentials, tangibles or not.

Content of the academic programm



Learning Acquis

Module 1: Introduction to the concept of resilient and carbon-neutral city

Introduction to the Executive Master, general notions, and current challenges of urban humanity

Presentation of each partner - ULB, ENGIE, UNH, Tractebel

on site sessions with topic presentation and interactive discussion

Urban Resilience and carbon-neutral cities are recent forward looking urban trends - this session will introduce, identify and describe the notions of resilience and carbon neutrality at the urban and territorial level

Visit Tractebel office + meeting Cities team including Cityscan 360°

UTC Urban Thinkers Campus - hybrid Auditorium Bourgeois ULB

Understanding of practice and project management system, How to use cityscan 360° methodology applied to urban projects

Urban Thinkers Campus of World Urban Campaign - ULB Bourgeois

Master Thesis presentation + Selection topics + Groups formation

Applied Project management demonstration

Understanding TFE hot research topics and challenges, how to present a research question

Applied Project Management in contempory case study, Mobility concept Antwerp

New technologies - Intelligent Cities and Artificial Intelligence - Power of Urban Innovation

online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion - keynote presentations

Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies are transforming fundamentally our way of living and working, but also the urban systems. This session will describe current trends, compare new technologies and explain how they influence our current and future urban ecosystems.

General Management techniques

Module 2: Materials, resources and Energy dimensions in urban fabric

Energy markets energy mix in Europe

Decentralisation of urban energy (I)

online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion

Introduction of Energy markets in Europe. Debate on the energy mix in Europe
Overview of issues, challenges and solutions related to the decentralisation of urban energy: why is decentralisation important? How can energy be sustainably generated and distributed in urban contexts?

Low CO2 materials

Decentralisation of urban energy (II)

Description of low carbon materials, with a focus on low carbon concrete
Overview of decentralisation of urban energy: How can energy be sustainably generated and distributed in urban contexts?

Low carbon architecture - green architecture
Positive Energy Districts, Energy efficiency approach

Technologies of low carbon architecture, management of local resources

Energy efficiency approach, resilient energy districts,

Local Resources and biosourced materials - construction materials - concrete - briks - building technologies - Wood technologies - bioclimatic buildings

How to manage local resources, and how to develop an efficient energy approach? The session will help to focus on understanding, discussing and comparing local resources and materials, as well as innovative building technologies

Module 3: Net-zero Approach

Carbon performances - Carbon neutrality concept, Net zero, Offsetting for Buildings and Industries 

online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion

Definitions of Net zero, Carbon neutrality, Offsetting for Buildings and Industries.
Case Study Faurecia

Net zero urban fabric & Urban Climate

Net zero urban fabric in developed and developing countries : promoting integrated approaches, including circular economy, waste, mobility infrastructure, building forms, water and energy infrastructure

Low-carbon mobility - Concrete application of carbon balance calculation

Low-carbon mobility and its carbon balance dimension are key towards net zero cities: how to design and implement? The session will describe different methods and case studies of successful mobility systems globally

Module 4 : Carbon-neutral methodologies and tools

Masterplanning for resilient cities

online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion

Planning climate adaptation, crisis management, build back better in both developed and developing countries. The session will describe concrete examples, share return on experience and provide recommendations

Masterplanning for net zero cities

Planning and transforming built environment and greenfield city development together with energy and positive energy systems, low carbon materials, low carbon mobility, net zero buildings and industries. The session will describe the management of urban climate and Energy Masterplanning , providing concrete examples

Module 5: Nature-Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure

Vegetalisation systems - Carbon Capture systems

online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion

Vegetalisation of the urban fabric and urban forests are key to capture carbon emissions and equilibrate the urban climate

Green Infrastructure development and management - Advanced natural and environmental resource economics

Green infrastructure has to be further developed in urban systems to make the city more resilient. Nature-based Solutions are today the reference for urban resilience. How urban ecosystem services can be designed and implemented? The session will deliver developing green infrastructure approach and urban ecosystem services

Module 6: Implementation and financing the carbon-neutral city

Mutualisation techniques - Governance and stakeholders identification and management

online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion

Resilience & net zero can only be achieved with involvement of stakeholders - how to develop sustainable governance and develop co-creation processes? The session will deliver the necessary tools and strategies towards integrated governance approach

Financial management of carbon-neutral city - Scientific evaluation - Carbon calculation

Net zero strategies need financial support. How to understand, use and implement financial management of carbon dimension? The session will deliver some interesting aspects in funding opportunities and solutions

UE 100 Intelligent, resilient avec carbon neutral Cities Plan - concrete exemple from Brussels Metropolitan Area

How to achieve a net zero city - Brussels as an example

Financial management of carbon-neutral city - PPPs and other financial forms

Resilient and net zero strategies need innovation funding solutions. Examples and closing remarks

Module 7 : Master Thesis TFE

Master Thesis preparation in Groups

60 pages work

Master Thesis soutenance and conclusion Conference

on-site session with interactive discussion

Defense TFE

This is an  University certificat in Executive Master (30 crédits) designed for professionals and graduates. It is organized under the provisions of the ULB regulation on Executive education and is subject to the Decree of 7th November 2013 on the landscape and organization of higher education in the « Communauté française de Belgique ». As a result, ‘’Certificate in Executive Master in Carbon Neutral and Resilient Cities’’ and is agreed by ARES (Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur) which is the federation of French-speaking higher education institutions in Belgium. However the jury of the Executive Master in program delivers a “certificate” which is not an academic degree like the master's degree (120 credits) or the specialized master’s degree (min. 60 credits) and is not funded  by the “Communauté française de Belgique.