Executive Master in Resilient and Carbon Neutral Cities

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  • Intitulé du programme
    Executive Master in Resilient and Carbon Neutral Cities
  • mnémonique du programme
  • Programme organisé par
    • Centre de Formation continue en Sciences humaines et sociales
    • Faculté d'Architecture La Cambre Horta
  • Type de titre
    formation continue
  • Accessible en reprise d'études
  • Type d'horaire
    En journée
  • Langues d'enseignement
  • Durée de la formation
    longue (plus de 15 jours)
  • Campus
  • Catégorie / Thématique
    Art - Architecture



Informations générales

Type de titre

formation continue

Durée de la formation

longue (plus de 15 jours)

Langue(s) d'enseignement


Type d'horaire

En journée



Catégorie(s) - Thématique(s)

Art - Architecture

Faculté(s) et université(s) organisatrice(s) Accessible en reprise d'études



  • Course fee : €2295 
  • Reduced fee for faculty and alumni of the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta (ULB) : €1795 
  • Scholarships are available for 15 ULB students : see "Calendrier & inscriptions"

Formation continue

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. 

En journée

Please find below the provisional schedule.

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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.

Calendrier & inscriptions


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). 

Public ciblé

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.

Calendrier & inscriptions

Scholarships are available for ULB students (master level). For more information, join an info session on 26 April (12:30) or 16 May (12:30) : registration.
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.

Contenu de la formation

Modules Methodologies Learning Acquis
Module 1: Introduction to the concept of circular and resilient city Interactive course and case studies
Session 1: Notions of Urban Resilience and Circular Economy - Notions of Circular and carbon-neutral Solutions - Sustainable territorial development online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion - keynote presentations Urban Resilience and carbon-neutral cities are recent  forward looking urban trends - this session will introduce,  identify and describe  the notions of resilience and circular economy at the urban and territorial level. It will include keynote presentations from EU Commission and UN-Habitat experts
Session 2: New technologies - Intelligent Cities and Artificial Intelligence - Power of Urban Innovation - City as a System: 360° City Scan methodology  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.
Module 2: Resources and Energy dimensions in urban fabric Interactive course and case studies
Session 3: Building materials and Energy - Carbon-neutral energy production - Intelligent Energy Blocks and networks online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion Energy flows and building materials understanding are key in building a carbon-neutral urban system. This session will describe and explain how to produce carbon-neutral energy, use low carbon materials, and conceptualise Energy Blocks.
Session 4: Local Resources and biosourced materials - Energy efficiency approach - Positive Energy districts - Bold City Vision online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion How to manage local resources, and how to develop an efficient energy approach? The development of Positive Energy Districts and Bold City Visions are becoming standards in the Resilient City. The session will help to focus on understanding, discussing and comparing local resources and materials
Module 3: Carbon-Neutral Approach and Strategies Interactive course and case studies
Session 5: Carbon performances - Carbon neutrality concept - Carbon-neutral urban fabric online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion Carbon-Neutral integrated urban processes are currently guiding urban developments: it is expected that the urban fabric will have to be transformed to low carbon systems in the next 20 years. The session will contribute to identify, understand and apply notions of carbon neutral in the city 
Session 6: Low-carbon mobility - Concrete application: carbon balance calculation online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion The low-carbon mobility and its carbon balance dimension are key towards carbon-neutral cities. How to design and implement low carbon mobility? The session will describe different methods and case studies of successful mobility systems globally.
Module 4 : Carbon-neutral methodologies and tools Interactive course and case studies
Session 7: Masterplanning Energy / Mobility / Built Environment - Urban Climate management online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion Planning and transforming built environment together with energy and positive energy systems are the basis for building carbon-neutral cities. The session will describe the management of urban climate and Energy Masterplanning 
Session 8: Carbon-neutral tools and strategies - Methodological management online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion Which tools and strategies are needed to implement carbon-neutral concepts? Which methodologies are essential for its management? The session will identify and describe the notions of carbon-neutral strategies
Module 5: Nature-Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure Interactive course and case studies
Session 9: Vegetalisation systems - Carbon Capture systems - Environmental Management - Natural Resources Management 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. How to understand green systems and carbon capture and how to implement environmental management?
Session 10: Green Infrastructure development and management - Advanced natural and environmental resource economics online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion 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 all information and knowledge to the participants on how to develop green infrastructure approach and urban ecosystem services.
Module 6: Implementation and financing the carbon-neutral city Case study and project work
Session 11: Mutualisation techniques - Governance and stakeholders identification and management online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion Resilience 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. 
Session 12: Financial management of carbon-neutral city - Scientific Communication - PPPs and other financial forms online session with topic presentation and interactive discussion - keynote session Carbon-neutral strategies need financial support. How to understand, use and implement financial management of carbon-neutral dimension? The session will deliver some interesting aspects in funding opportunities and solutions. 
Module 7 : integrative seminar Participative seminar with project work Interactive workshop as urban lab
Integrative Seminar with stakeholder interaction (Living Lab)
Module 8 : Master Thesis (TFE) 60 pages work

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.