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Urban design is arguably as old as human civilization itself. Although it hadn't been referred to as ""urban design"" per se, key urban design practices and technologies have been integral in the creation of human settlements and ancient metropolises that have continued to amaze present-day urban designers, archaeologists and the rest of humanity alike.

For instance, the thoughtful design of thoroughfares has been always essential to the economic life of cities. Getting from point A to point B in the geographic sense is more than just a question of having a roadworthy means of transport; more so, having efficiently designed road systems and mass transport is really what cuts the cake.

Holders of a Master in Urban Design do more than just transport systems, of course. Sewage and waste disposal, for another, are also problems that urban designers must face when planning a city. All these three aforementioned factors (i.e., transportation, sewage and waste disposal), among many other equally significant factors, must be designed with geographic considerations in mind. Things like elevation from the sea, climate conditions, risk of earthquake or landslide and more are perennial things that make city planning a unique affair for each city in question. Truly, a Master in Urban Design program is an interdisciplinary field which develops professionals that we cannot live without.

At present, urban designers play significant role in solving day-to-day problems of cities, big and small. Outside government, they are also actively employed in the private sector by land developers and construction companies for similar endeavors."

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25 Results in Urban Design

DOBA Business School

Cities and communities are the main venues of key challenges of modern times, which we have to understand and be able to solve by including citizens to enhance sustainabl ... [+]

Cities and communities are the main venues of key challenges of modern times, which we have to understand and be able to solve by including citizens to enhance sustainable development and quality of life.

A smart city is a city that is based on the needs of its citizens and that uses advanced technologies to promote competitiveness, sustainable development and a better quality of life.

Due to the fact that the process of urbanization is going to intensify, the cities will have to face challenges of sustainable development at different levels: environmental, social and economic, especially in less developed countries where the urbanization level is much greater. It is essential to introduce integrative policy forms for a better quality of life of both urban and rural populations, and for a greater social inclusion.... [-]

Slovenia Maribor
October 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Online & Campus Combined
Macromedia University of Applied Sciences

The Master’s programme in Smart City Design is tailored to help students develop a strong understanding of both the strategic and operational aspects of designing smart a ... [+]

Shape the future of our cities with the Smart City Design (M.A.)

Do you want to make an impact in the transitions of modern cities? Whether it is charging points for electric vehicles, smart parking or intelligent mobility solutions, the need to transform our fast-growing cities in terms of sustainability is more important than ever.

Digitization and global population growth will have a wide impact on telecommunications, energy supply, urban transport and housing in urban areas. In many parts of the world, smart concepts for cities are already being developed to meet the increasing demands for comfort, safety, and energy efficiency.

If you are interested in urban innovation and want to develop innovative services addressing the new challenges cities are facing, then the Master programme Smart City Design at Macromedia University is just the right path for you. Depending upon your interest, you can start your career in diverse areas such as mobility, construction & architecture, interior design, sustainability as well as culture and public administration.... [-]

Germany Berlin
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Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 semesters
Campus
University of Miami: School of Architecture

The Master in Urban Design is a three (optional four) semester program, 36 credits, that provides students with a design experience investigating the guiding principles f ... [+]

The Master in Urban Design is a three (optional four) semester program, 36 credits, that provides students with a design experience investigating the guiding principles for building regions, cities, and communities. Guided by the imperatives of sustainability and resilience, the program conceptualizes cities as an extension of the ecological transect across the natural to human habitat, providing students with a range of experiences from rural to urban.

Program Director Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, recognized for her foundational role in the development of the movement called the New Urbanism, leads the program that invites students to explore design, policy and management tools for place-making as a vehicle for improving quality of life in a variety of urban settings. The impact of the built environment on health, retrofitting the suburban landscape, real estate development as community building, adaptation to climate change, and urban growth and revitalization, are topics prominent in course offerings and faculty research.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2020
Full-time
3 - 4 semesters
Campus
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

European Urban Studies respond to the dynamic transformation processes which affect urban spaces at the beginning of the 21st century. ... [+]

Master of European Urban Studies (EUS)

The Master Programme "European Urban Studies" (EUS) addresses current challenges of cities in Europe. It is motivated by the general insight in the significance of cities for progress in Europe. Cities are the place for concrete solutions for problems from all fields of everyday life and the place for sustaining democracy. The EUS programme therefore pays special attention to questions of social cohesion, urban housing, cultural diversity, sustainable planning and mobility. It works with an understanding of urban planning that combines competences from the disciplines of urban planning, urban sociology, urban design, landscape and spatial planning. It provides a transdisciplinary and comprehensive approach for studying the development of European cities.... [-]

Germany Weimar
October 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
Technical University of Liberec

The graduate is an architect with versatile training in architectural structure design, interiors and urbanistic works. The studies finish with the final state exam, a pa ... [+]

Master in Architecture and Urban Design

The graduate is an architect with versatile training in architectural structure design, interiors and urbanistic works. The studies finish with the final state exam, a part of which are exams in the history of arts and architecture, supporting structures, building construction and a dissertation defense.

Key Facts FACULTY: Faculty of Arts and Architecture LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: English ELIGIBILITY: Bachelor in a relevant field - recognized in the Czech Republic Motivation letter in English Fluent English skills (at least B1 level, no official certificate required) Practice in an architectonic studio (ideally 140 work-days in a full-time job/internship) - confirmation from the workplace Interview (maybe led online after previous agreement gained from the Faculty of Art and Architecture). Portfolio Contact person: zdenka.zednickova@tul.cz DURATION: 2 years FEE / ACADEMIC YEAR: USD 5000 APPLICATION FEE: CZK 2000/USD 100 (application), CZK 3000 (diploma recognition application) SCHOLARSHIP: Erasmus+ scholarship for mobilities available. APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2019 (for academic year 2019/20) Student Testimonial ... [-]
Czech Republic Liberec
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Dundee

We educate resourceful and adaptable architects who are able to respond creatively to the demands of a complex and changing environment. ... [+]

This 5-year programme is professionally accredited by the ARB/RIBA for part 1 and part 2.

The first three years (part 1) are designed to build basic knowledge and skills in Design, Communications, Architectural History/Theory and Sustainable Technology. Each year culminates in a major integrated design project which draws these parallel threads together.

The final two years (part 2) offer more opportunities to choose a programme of study which suits your emerging interests as a maturing designer. At level 4 you will choose an integrated design project from a series of offered options, and also select a ‘design research’ theme which leads into final year unit studios. These studios give you the opportunity to develop individual thesis projects which specialize in the aspects of architecture that most interest you.... [-]

United Kingdom Dundee
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Full-time
5 years
Campus
The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering

This course focuses on specialist architectural knowledge and advanced design techniques and technologies. ... [+]

The 12 month MArch Architecture Design course focuses on the development and application of specialist architectural knowledge and advanced design techniques and technologies.

This course was originally established to respond to the increasing competition in the professional procurement of buildings and the growing demand for specialist knowledge and skills in the pursuit of architectural excellence. It offers the opportunity to concentrate on architectural or urban design, humanities, environmental design and technology to a high level of sophistication without the need to work within a single specialist area.

Key facts As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment will develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today's rapidly changing world. The department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions. This interdisciplinary programme shares modules with other postgraduate courses within the department. ... [-]
United Kingdom Nottingham
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
Estonian Academy of Arts

The program is situated at the trans-disciplinary crossroad of architecture, urban planning and design, art history and theory, critical geography, sociology, ethnography ... [+]

As events and transformations of the recent decades have forcefully shown, the urban question permeates all major social, economic and political developments of today. The two-year Master’s program in Urban Studies critically engages with the wide-ranging manifestation of contemporary urbanity. What shapes have the processes of urbanization assumed today? How are urban spaces produced?

The program foregrounds the unitary perspective of the city as a physical space, a social space and a space of design. It combines rigorous academic research with intensive fieldwork. The program is situated at the trans-disciplinary crossroad of urban studies, urbanism, and urban planning, architecture theory, sociology, urban ethnography, and geography. Our students have academic backgrounds in architecture, social sciences or humanities. Integrating critical interrogation and experimental practice, the program has a triple focus on social uses, spatial programs, and urban forms.... [-]

Estonia Tallinn
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
Umeå University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Do you want to take part in designing sustainable architecture and developing socially just cities for the future? The Master’s Program in Architecture and Urban Design i ... [+]

Master in Architecture and Urban Design

Do you want to take part in designing sustainable architecture and developing socially just cities for the future? The Master’s Program in Architecture and Urban Design is operating in-between the artistic and the scientific field of knowledge. The program is characterized by a consistent focus on sustainability and has an exploratory and experimental profile with teachers from all over the world.

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Ecological challenges such as climate change and social crises such as unequal local and global development and migration places raise a strong demand on architecture to develop new solutions based on broad interdisciplinary perspectives. In the Master's Program in Architecture and Urban Design, these complex issues are dealt with in various design studios. Departing from your own experience and ethical position the program wants to challenge the conventional contemporary architectural practice and the future of the profession.... [-]

Sweden Umeå
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
POLI.design

The Master Design for Public Spaces is a training program for designers of public spaces in contemporary cities through theory, research, design and practical training. I ... [+]

The Master Design for Public Spaces is a training program for designers of public spaces in contemporary cities through theory, research, design and practical training. It is proposed to train professionals able to develop projects of scenarios, processes and forms of open spaces, symbolic places in which the community recognizes itself.

We are experiencing an unprecedented moment of urban and demographic growth and cities are facing important social, economic and cultural issues. We have before us the challenge of giving shape to spaces that respond to new collective needs and offer multiple opportunities for use. What is required of them is an increasingly marked flexibility: once they have lost the character of specialized places, they ask to be able to adapt to an ever wider number of activities: exhibitions, spectacular events, markets, parties, political events. These are places where the private and collective dimensions must somehow know how to coexist.... [-]

Italy Milan
January 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
STAR Studium ArchitecturAe Florence Design School

High-quality architecture always contains a reference to Historical and Contemporary global architecture. Italy is the best place for the exploration of the origin of Arc ... [+]

Beauty To Challenge The World. Do You Believe It?

A New Concept Of Design School

The characteristic of these courses is that theory is combined with practice on real jobs environment where every day, every hour we subvert yourself and the world!

International Dual Master of Architecture with Professional Certificate of Practice.

High-quality architecture always contains a reference to Historical and Contemporary global architecture. Italy is the best place for the exploration of the origin of Architecture and at the same time the observation of avant-garde design in the new works of amazing world-class architects.

Moreover, the Innovative Concept of the school, the combination of theory with real international work which we have realized in five venues in the world, develops a new approach on the course " Study on the Job" where all the lectures will apply directly to the adventure of real work with its complexity and its fascinating combination of materials, space, light, functions, and construction.... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is a professional degree for systems thinkers who want to address complex infrastructure challenges. ... [+]

*The application system opens on January 2nd, 2019.

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is a professional degree for systems thinkers who want to address complex infrastructure challenges. This hybrid program combines graduate-level engineering and urban planning courses with UBC Sauder School of Business courses – giving you the skills and confidence to build your career and drive innovation in urban planning.

Public and private sector organizations need urban planners and engineers who have technical decision-making knowledge to efficiently design and manage urban infrastructure and services. They need people with a multidisciplinary perspective who understand the complex interplay of social, environmental and financial factors of the built environment. They’re also looking for people who have the business perspective and interpersonal skills to lead teams and guide change.... [-]

Canada Vancouver
January 2020
Full-time
12 months
Campus
Escuela Superior de Diseño de Barcelona

This program is oriented to develop capacities of leadership and design of urban spaces. The program places special emphasis on sustainability and on building a transdisc ... [+]

Acquires knowledge of space design from a transdisciplinary perspective

This program is aimed at Develop leadership skills and design of urban spaces. The program places particular emphasis on sustainability And to build a transdisciplinary vision that will allow a Global and ecological knowledge of the built environment.

From a multi-level perspective that involves learning at different scales, the program is aimed at professionals who are specifically involved in the processes of creating public spaces and urban areas.

It's about the First Master's degree that incorporates the advanced studies linked to the Sciences of the Complexity. A science that promotes a new approach to reality and provides us with new tools for the design of cities.... [-]

Spain Barcelona
November 2019
Spanish
Full-time
12 months
Online
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona

The city is one of humanity’s most important inventions, and it is facing basic challenges for the future in the 21st century. The main areas or the Urban Design Course a ... [+]

THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

The city is one of humanity’s most important inventions and it is facing basic challenges for the future in the 21st century.

Against this backdrop, design is an essential tool for improving the social, cultural and economic fabric of the urban contexts in which we live. Through knowledge and understanding of past and present urban environments and by projecting for the future, we can design new proposals that adapt to the changes that the future holds with those people living in and managing them.

The main areas or the Urban Design Course are design for sustainable development, empowering citizens to confront social challenges, governance, cooperation, e-democracy, open data, transparency, design to solve the challenges of urban mobility and to contribute to the safety of people.... [-]

Spain Barcelona
January 2020
Full-time
6 months
Campus
Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER)

Because of this, the Master in Project Development of Architecture and Planning, is organized under an innovative training scheme for the area, because not only goes on . ... [+]

Master of Architecture and Urban Projects

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The Project area has now taken a strong role in the professional development of executives from the most varied professions, for all involved, with different role in the development and implementation of a project. The area of ​​architecture and urbanism as a whole is no doubt that further development and implementation historically has had since its very conception, so the need to develop a program that meets current professional demands, specializing in Urban and Architectural projects.

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Because of this, the Master in Project Development of Architecture and Planning, is organized under an innovative training scheme for the area, because not only runs parallel the three classical areas of the world of projects, such as: Design, Management and Administration but also makes it crosswise with the five relevant thematic area: ... [-]

Spain Barcelona
September 2019
Part-time
21 - 2 months
Online