Track, Urban and Regional Planning (HSSA)

Urban and Regional Planning focuses on strategic issues related to the long-term development of cities and regions. Planning in this context can be described as an integrated activity that combines various areas of expertise in processes that take into account cross-border and multi-scalar realities, and the various stakeholders involved (i.e. public administrations, private companies, NGOs and citizens).

It refers especially to the complex interaction and interdependency between human activities and the physical environment, as well as to institutional contexts and societal processes on different scales that affect the social, economic and environmental conditions for urban and regional development.

For students who choose this specialisation, the programme offers a combination of problem-based teaching and learning that aims to: train students practical skills in planning, including a broad set of working methods; give the students a profound understanding of planning practice; and offer theoretical training that provides students with a conceptual framework that allows them to apply a critical standpoint towards trends and traditions in urban and regional planning. Explicit focus is put on developing the generic skills of a reflective planner with a broad understanding of processes and implications concerning increasingly complex urban and regional change.

Track, Urban Planning and Design (HSSB)

The Urban Planning and Design track aims at taking a lead in the integration of the professional traditions of Urban Planning and Urban Design. Acknowledging their different knowledge foundations as well as the difference in pedagogical traditions in their professional training, this specialisation track aims to draw the best from each, whilst reaching in many ways beyond the two disciplines: the generative strength of urban design which enables one to structure and visualise the urban proposals in space and time will be combined with the analytic rigour of urban planning (analysis and policy role).

It is our belief that our teaching methodologies will form an advanced competence that inspires professional development through experimentation and innovation, grounded on a solid base of knowledge.

The Urban Planning and Design track combines theoretical and design studio courses that reach beyond the existing conventions of urban planning and urban design. Included are courses in urban theory, sustainable planning and design, social issues and real estate finance that provide students with a broad understanding of the forces that shape urbanisation at local and regional level, and on a global scale. The structure of the curriculum is based on the development of design strategies for solving a wide range of contemporary urban problems.

Rigorous sequence of studio work lies at the heart of the programme and covers a broad range of topics in both Nordic-European and international settings. Stockholm serves as an urban planning and experimental design lab for problem solving and development, and as a testing ground for new urban typologies. The studios are integrated and thematically coordinated with the theoretical courses. Particular emphasis is placed upon the Masters’ thesis work, structured around the process of thorough research and practice in the second year of study.

Track, Environment and Planning (HSSC)

If we want society to develop in such a way that our cities can sustain a good life for their citizens without depleting nature, then we face unparalleled challenges. In any highly urbanized country, extensive city transformation proves imperative. Which planning processes and which urban structures enable transformation? How can planners avoid path dependency? Which new skills and abilities do planners need?

Within a framework of planning at municipal, city, regional or national level, there is a need for environmental planners to develop policies into scenarios or plans, assess the contributions of policies, plans and programmes to urban sustainable development, and to manage the collaboration of actors within the planning process.

Long-term: The ability to produce planning documents in the form of images of the future and scenarios, that “filter” long-term urban sustainable development aims through the field of influence of planning and planners, and use natural and social science theory and methodology to ensure that the images and scenarios, if realised, would contribute to urban sustainable development. Thus, being able to produce more action-oriented and relevant documents as basis for continued planning.

Short-medium term: The ability to identify, manage and use relevant social and natural science based tools for assessing and evaluating the expected outcomes of policies, plans and programmes in relation to long term urban sustainable development objectives. In addition, to give assessment-based feedback to the relevant actors.

Short-medium term: The ability to identify the relevant and necessary actors of a governance network or project-type organisation that is needed to realise a plan. Secondly, to organise, manage or co-ordinate such a team once its members are identified. Thirdly, to be able to identify and utilise tensions and potential conflicts beyond quick consensus.