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This year, the highly-acclaimed Traditional Architecture and Urbanism Summer School ‘Let’s Build a Beautiful City’ is returning to Utrecht. Co-founded and sponsored by Ruben from The Aesthetic City, this event has transformed the lives of many budding urban planners and architects.

From July 17th to August 3rd, 24 students will have the opportunity to participate in the Traditional Architecture and Urbanism Summer School. They will learn how to design human-focused, attractive, and beautiful built environments, guided by two full-time teachers, including Ruben Hanssen himself.

The summer school offers an incredible selection of teachers. Examples are Robert Adam, Mieke Bosse, Peter Drijver, Pieter Vlaardingerbroek, Jaap Evert Abrahamse, Robert Cox, Conor Lynch. Joseph Jutras, Nicholas Boys Smith, Nadia Everard, Alejandro García Hermida, Jonathan Weatherill, Michael Diamant, Maria Sanchez and Pedro Godoy.

The Aesthetic City is proud to sponsor this event once again. For more information, visit the official website:

Donate to the Summer School!

Please consider supporting the Traditional Architecture and Urbanism Summer School through donations – every bit of help contributes to an even better experience for the students! Together, we can continue to shape the future of our cities and ensure they are both functional and beautiful.

By participating in Let’s Build a Beautiful City 2023, students will not only expand their knowledge but much more: they will join a growing community of passionate individuals dedicated to transforming the way we think about and design our cities. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn, grow, and make a lasting impact on the urban landscape.

Also, see the incredible after movie from last year’s event here.


In other news: our last video went viral!

In a previous blog post, we shared the inspiring story of Le Plessis-Robinson, a town that underwent a remarkable transformation. To learn more about this exceptional example of traditional architecture and urbanism, check out our article and the video that reached 1.2 million views on YouTube:

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