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Urban dynamics: Spatial Accessibility and Real estate

Delve into this five-week course to explore urban development, its modern challenges, and the aim to make sustainable cities.

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Urban dynamics: Spatial Accessibility and Real estate

  • 5 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Explore spatial accessibility and learn theory and practical applications

The dynamic interplay between real estate and sustainable urban mobility is shaping the future of urban landscapes.

On this five-week course, you’ll delve into the impact of urban mobility on urban economics, land-use planning, policy formulation, and societal equity. By the end, you’ll have an understanding of its significance in modern city development.

Connect with experts in sustainability and urban planning

On the course, you’ll learn from industry leaders as you navigate through five weeks of immersive content, practical exercises, and scenario-based learning.

The curriculum has been developed by experts from RMIT and EIT Urban Mobility to help tackle urban intensification, housing challenges, and paths to sustainable development.

You’ll engage with innovative strategies, anticipate demographic shifts, and master the financial institutions that shape our cities.

Through expert interviews and discussions, you’ll be equipped to lead in the realm of urban transformation.

Master real estate dynamics and financial innovation within urban mobility frameworks

Throughout the course, you’ll discover the relationship between urban planning and real estate markets.

You’ll discover the power of green bonds and land value capture as innovative tools for urban development, learning how to apply these strategies to support environmental projects and fund urban growth without straining public finances.

Craft your path in sustainable urban planning

Finally, you’ll learn how to merge theory with practical insights to forge an understanding of sustainable urban mobility’s impact on the real estate landscape.

By the end of this course, you’ll emerge with a well-rounded view of the latest technological, regulatory, and sustainable methodologies, ready to apply them in the real world.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Hi, everyone. My name is Jan Scheurer. I’m honorary associate professor at RMIT University in Melbourne and Barcelona. My name is Rebecca Leshinsky, and I’m excited to invite you to join me and my colleagues as we investigate the urban design from two very distinct but intersecting perspectives. We’ll work together to examine some of the key forces shaping contemporary urban development and mobility. So we’re going to look at the mobility transition and what it has to do with the property industry. What is special about this course is that it’s actually bringing these two areas of expertise together into one. So it’s one thing to talk about mobility interventions and city transport infrastructure, urban design of public spaces.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds But a big topic that relates to that, of course, is what actually happens on private property, what actually happens in the buildings, and how does the built environment change as cities change and as how we move about cities change. We’ll have a look at the ways in which property developers balance competing environmental and financial agendas whilst remaining compliant with land use and transport policies. With all of that, we’re interested in how parking economics and technology are employed to strategically reduce or expand parking. We’re going to have a spatial interactive, which will actually take us through some real life urban spaces and explore how they are transforming.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds And in another section, we’re going to have an interactive game where you can take different roles of stakeholders and simulate decisions about how cities can change. During this course, we’re going to bring you a lot of real life examples– not just from Australia, but also from Asia and particularly from Europe, and I hope you’ll enjoy the course.


  • Week 1

    Unpacking mobility and real estate

    • From mobility to accessibility planning

      Meet the teaching team and discover who you’ll be learning with as we start exploring the evolution of urban planning.

    • Mobility and sustainability

      Examine urban mobility within the context of climate policy.

    • City building and land markets

      Delve into urban development dynamics to understand how urban developments take shape.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on key ideas covered in Week 1 and find out what's on in Week 2

  • Week 2

    How does mobility shape a city?

    • Walking city, transit city and automobile city

      Find out what's on for Week 2 as we begin to explore the evolution of land use in the context of transport.

    • Future-proofing cities and their movement

      Investigate the various emission and pollution reduction strategies in the transport sector.

    • Incentivising transit-oriented development

      Explore regulatory and financial instruments to incentivise transit-oriented development.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on key ideas covered in Week 2 and find out what's on in Week 3.

  • Week 3

    How does real estate shape a city?

    • Navigating property development

      Find out what's on for Week 3 as we begin to investigate the complexities of the property development process.

    • The private sector, land use and transport policies

      Explore how the private sector shape and respond to land use and transport policy.

    • Parking space in cities

      Examine the impact of parking policies and management on property development and urban transit infrastructures.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on key ideas covered in Week 3 and find out what's on in Week 4.

  • Week 4

    Real estate and mobility from a user perspective

    • How do people use cities?

      Find out what's on for Week 4 as we explore how people use different parts of cities and how this translates into specific policy making.

    • Case studies: Barcelona and Sydney

      Examine recent urban redevelopment areas in two very different global cities.

    • Urban renewal and gentrification

      Investigate the implications and effects of urban renewal and gentrification on communities.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on key ideas covered in Week 4 and find out what's on in Week 5.

  • Week 5

    Mobility and real estate: Future policy directions

    • Challenges for the future

      Find out what's on for Week 5 as we start to explore some of the future challenge in urban mobility and real estate.

    • Sustainable mobility

      What does a bicycle-oriented city look like and what does it take to achieve it?

    • What's next for urban parking management?

      Explore developments in on and off street parking management in cities.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on what you've learned in this course and apply them to the scenarios presented by the Futuretown challenge.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Investigate urban mobility concepts in relation to climate and land use impact
  • Evaluate the role of transport technologies in future proofing cities
  • Assess the impact of land use and transport policies on urban development
  • Identify challenges attached to urban intensification, regeneration and gentrification
  • Explore the relationship between mobility and property development, highlighting the role of parking management
  • Explain the ways different demographics use urban spaces and their influence on policymaking.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for urban planners, real estate professionals, policymakers, and anyone passionate about creating sustainable and accessible urban environments.

Who will you learn with?

Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT University and lead educator of this course. Jan researches how to improve transport networks and urban spaces to enable more sustainable mobility in cities.

Associate Professor Rebecca Leshinsky (PhD, Melb) teaches in the School of Property, Construction & Project Management at RMIT University. She is a barrister in property and land use planning.

Romaine Logere is one of the lead content writers at FutureLearn for RMIT Europe. She has a masters in design and did her PhD on transdisciplinary practice, both with RMIT University in Melbourne.

Who developed the course?

RMIT University

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 210Source: QS World University Rankings 2022

EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 we have been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to € 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.

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