Neighbourhood launches an innovative minor together with The Hague University of Applied Sciences

This month, the Binckhorst neighbourhood in The Hague and The Hague University of Applied Sciences launched the first Dutch (but English-language and international!) minor designed as a “regenerative learning ecology” in which the entire area serves as a client for joint learning towards a sustainable future.

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For the independent initiative I'M BINCK, this minor is a nice stepping stone to develop the area as a classroom for the transition to a circular and regenerative living/working neighbourhood. For the Mission Zero Centre of Expertise and the Industrial Design Engineering degree programme, this is a great step for contributing to the transformation of the region and to those who are actively learning in this region. 

Scoop 

This is the first time in the Netherlands that an area is serving as a client for a minor at a university of applied sciences. The minor lasts 15 weeks. In addition to two coordinators, 35 guest lecturers and partners in the field within (and outside of) the Binckhorst neighbourhood are involved. Participants in the minor consist of students from The Hague University of Applied Sciences (12 different disciplines). The minor is organised in cooperation with Wageningen University & Research (WUR). 

Practice-based learning 

During the launch on 4 September, a group of 17 interested students from The Hague and Wageningen were given a tour of Binckhorst. They discussed the challenges presented by the transformation of the area and visited the FokkerTerminal, the former aircraft hangar now used as an event location, and Nederhout, a furniture workshop which consciously works only with Dutch wood. In the afternoon the students came together in Apollo 14 and immediately applied the acquired impressions and insights by drawing up circular challenges. 

Next steps 

During the visit the students learned about what is already being done in Binckhorst. At the FokkerTerminal, the students were told how the organisation manages to run its operation 100% CO2 neutral. At Nederhout they heard a fascinating story. The company is already partially able to work circularly, but it runs into problems with the variability of materials and how long it takes to develop partnerships. What's next?! Together with Accez, I'M BINCK, WUR and the Mission Zero Centre of Expertise, we will start working on the circular area development from 28 September, which will culminate in a physical meeting on 16 October to collectively build a circular school!  

 
Sign up 
The minor is now full. New registrations will be placed on the waiting list.