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The University of Edinburgh: Urban Strategies and Design

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Edinburgh College of Art
Web http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying
Study type Taught

Summary

Jointly delivered by Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, this programme builds on the historic expertise and knowledge developed in both. You will be taught by academic researchers with international research experience, links, and interests in a range of urban-related themes and geographical areas.

This wealth of knowledge and the use of contemporary teaching is integrated into the programme’s delivery. The programme encourages the adoption of a comprehensive approach to the delivery of socially sustainable urban transformation, from local-specific to global-regional interventions.

You will study the wide and diverse range of social, economic and political processes that influence the development of the contemporary urban environment. The programme also enables you to acquire the tools and skills to propose urban projects of diverse scales and specificities.

Students on the programme come from a range of multidisciplinary backgrounds and work collaboratively to understand how urban strategies and urban design approaches respond to contemporary urban transformations. Although the instruments for analysis offered by this programme are framed from a western perspective, it acknowledges that urban transformations in the urban North and the urban South are increasingly interlinked, and there is opportunity to explore perspectives and experiences from the urban South.

The courses involve:

  • traditional lectures, including guest speakers from policy and practice

  • seminars

  • excursions

  • other relevant group activities supported by online resources

The city of Edinburgh offers a unique laboratory for the exploration of current urban design issues. Its renaissance to ‘Geddesian’ planning history and more contemporary international planning pedagogy and consultancy links to urban institutions and bodies, particularly in the Global South, provides a good platform from which to support student-led, location-based dissertations.

The programme seeks to address the gap between architecturally driven urban design and higher-level, spatial planning driven urban strategies and design. It brings together a range of approaches relevant to urban design that are currently being developed within and across professional and disciplinary practices, from engineering to human geography.

MSc

University of Edinburgh 

 


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