A more detailed programme will be available in April. In the meantime, check out below to see what you can expect.

We offer a 5-day practical, inspiring and engaging summer school on ‘social innovation and human centered design in the city context’.

Product, service and system designers (from local and international agencies), social innovators, academic researchers, and multiple other experts from (non-)profit organizations and governmental institutions will guide you through this summer school on social city design. You will be thinking and doing on the following subjects, from different perspectives:

  • Superdiversity in the city 

  • Interactive storytelling in the city context 

  • Citizen driven design 

  • Social care, social city? 

  • Creative democracy 

  • Human centered design and city challenges  

Challenges will be provided by the Social Innovation Factory, Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering (The Agency for Integration), and many more.

Ready for this social city design challenge? Check out our previous editions for past challenges!


Ivo Dewit

Principal Research Fellow Strategic Design | Product-Service Systems
University of Antwerp | Fac. of Design Sciences | Dept. of Product Development
Co-founder Service Design Network Belgium 

In collaboration with Stadsform.

Target group

  • Master students in Product Development; professionals working in the field of Social Design
  • Professionals involved in the organization, design and development of cities (public actors, academics, industry players, civil society, media and culture)
  • Service Design Network (SDN) members.
  • Depending on the profile, Master students from Social sciences, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Phd students with affinity to the subject.

Participants should have at least completed 2 full years of education in a relevant field of study. 


This summer school takes place at Stadscampus (Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp) of the University of Antwerp. This campus is located in the city centre.

Micro-credential and study credits (ECTS)

3 ECTS credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential.

  1. Participants will prepare themselves for this summer school with a literature study.
  2. Participants have to be present during the full summer school.
  3. Participants will research, participate, design, present, etc. their work (different themes). There will be a form of permanent (forming) evaluation grade and curative grading at the end with a comprehensive retrospect on the summer school topics, lessons learned and how it affects their future work.