As the development of society establishes new conditions and possibilities to create a meaningful environment to its citizens, cities are subjected to a state of constant change. Today we witness a society and environment in rapid transformation in which cities play an even more important role than before. Hence urban design is confronted with a unique challenge that KTH School of Architecture is keen to address, with both research and education.
Urban Design is a complex field of knowledge where all major societal processes meet to manifest itself in the built environment. But it is also a critical practice that deals with conflicting interests and norms. In both perspectives practice and research into cities and how they are built, need to meet. The research in Urban Design has as its goal to generate knowledge within its own field of research by studies of urban theory and urban morphology in relation to what is known about the social, economical, and ecological systems of the City.
Research in Urban Design also needs a more speculative and future oriented side that propels the development of new solutions to the great challenges we are facing. Research in Urban Design also has an important role to play in contributing knowledge to the public debate and research in other disciplines in which cities play an increasingly important role.
But research in Urban Design also requires a critical, speculative and future oriented approach, targeted at supporting and developing practice in view of the many challenges we are facing today, but also in relation to an interdisciplinary perspective and as a contribution to the general debate.