ATTRACTIVE CITIES: Successes and Conflicts 

Program code

Program Duration
12 Days

July 9th-20th, 2018


500.00 €
include courses and activities in Milan and Barcelona (travel, housing and living expences are not included in the tuition fee)
250.00 €
Milano-Bicocca and UB students




ATTRACTIVE CITIES: Successes and Conflicts  


The main aim of the summer school is to provide a critical analysis about urban attractiveness from different perspectives: Economics, Sociology, Urban Planning and Cultural Management. Key issues that will be examined are: location theories, cultural capitals, mobility, housing, night time economy, tourism and citizenship. Internationally well-known experts will share their knowledge and views with the students on these topics.

The summer school will also provide tours in specific places and hot-spots within the two cities, in order to corroborate the theoretical part with the empirical field.

The students will learn about the Janus-faced urban attractiveness in two spatial contexts with different attributes and trajectories. Milan and Barcelona are currently at the top positions in the urban ranking of popularity and success. However, side effects are not neutral.

Contents Covered

  • Types of metropolitan populations living, consuming and working in the cities
  • Mobility systems and accessibility to urban opportunities in contemporary cities
  • Local resources utilized to develop touristic and job attractions
  • Public policies oriented to improve attraction
  • Governance and participation models as tools for improving attractions
  • Urban rhythm and night attractiveness
  • Walkability and urban environment

Program Coordinators


Barcelona (1st week), Milano (2nd week);

Accomodation info

For Milano (2nd week) please write to [email protected]; for Barcelona (1st week) Ask for information to [email protected]

Application Deadline

2nd wave of application deadline June 15th, 2018


BA Degree

Requested documents to be uploaded in the application form

CV, ID card or passport.

Target Audience

We welcome students from different disciplines: sociology, anthropology, geography, urban planning, urban design, and architecture, as well as practitioners and policy-makers. We shall be glad to consider any other background deemed for the program as reflected from the CV of the students.

For further information, Contact:

[email protected]

[email protected]

 THE FORMS OF URBAN ATTRACTIVENESS: Milan & Barcelona: a comparative perspective of two attractive cities 

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