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Management of Urban Infrastructures – part 1, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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About this Course

Sustainability, Resilience and Efficiency are fundamental considerations for city managers in managing urban infrastructures. Today, more than 3.9 billion people, making up more than 54% of the global population, live in cities. Urbanization is expected to continue in the coming years, raising the urban population to 6.0 billion by 2045. This dramatic increase in urban populations will inevitably increase the demand for energy, mobility (transportation), water, and other urban services in every city around the world. Without functional governance and management structures that ensure efficient, resilient and sustainable performance in cities, the current urbanization growth might become a catastrophic risk threatening the quality of life of the humanity. Sustainable development in 21st century can only be realized by introducing innovations in both management and operations of urban infrastructures systems. Developing management practices that effectively integrates the processes of urban planning with urban infrastructures planning and management is a challenging goal that many cities are struggling with nowadays, but is a must for transforming cities to sustainable and resilient engines of growth in both developing and developed economies. This course will provide you with the basic principles of urban infrastructure management that are fundamental for building prosperous cities that are sustainable, resilient and efficient. In order to obtain a certificate for this course, the participants have to pass four graded quizzes and complete four mandatory assignments, plus a final exam. In addition to the graded assignments students have the option to write a 7-10 page peer-reviewed case study about management of energy OR transportation system in their city (on your own choice). The best case studies will be also evaluated by our jury at IGLUS and the authors of the 3 best case studies will win a full tuition fee waiver scholarship to enroll in the IGLUS professional training program in Spring 2017. You can also pre-enroll in our upcoming MOOC on Smart Cities now. Find our more here:

Top reviews


Feb 23, 2017

Very informative, well planed and presented, learned a lot and piqued and interest to continue with part 2. Thank you to the lectures and all that were involved in this course for the hard work.


Nov 06, 2016

An excellent course offered by the institution.I appreciate Profesor Mathias for this wonderful content.I am waiting for the next block of this MOOC. Thanks to the Coursera Team too.

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By Olumayowa Adediwin

Sep 11, 2018

Great course, learnt a lot on management process.

By Wanjiku Macharia

Sep 04, 2018

Excellent. Very granular.

By Furdu Constantin

Aug 22, 2018

Very useful and interesting information about how digitalization is implemented in urban infrastructure.

By Shaik Asif Hussain

Jul 08, 2018

Very good

By Gundala Gnanendra naidu

Jul 08, 2018

Good to learn


Jun 07, 2018

A good overview of urban infrastructures in the world, independently of national contexts. A good start to pursue then with specific features or contexts of urban infrastructures.

By Shabbir ahmed

May 24, 2018

one of the toughest :3

By Alejandro Tamayo

May 12, 2018


By Jihed Mnasri

May 12, 2018

Very interesting course

By Daria Volkova

May 07, 2018

Great course. Interesting and material is explained very good.