The Master’s Degree in Urban Design at the Technical University encourages critical reflection when regarding cities in relation to their design. It is applied to urban systems and spaces from district to regional level. The Urban Design program deals with urbanization processes in an international context and covers both historical and current developments.
The Masters course is aimed at students from different disciplines who wish to prepare for a career in a creative and scientific field of work, or who seek a key role in urban planning and public administration. The objective is to develop the skills of critical research-design: creative solutions for contemporary urban problems need to be scientifically sound and justified and to take into account the cultural, social and political conditions.
Architects and planners often find that their knowledge and skills are insufficient for coping alone with the challenges and tasks involved in modern urbanization processes. Urban design is an inter- and trans-disciplinary knowledge field at the interface of architecture, urban and regional planning, urban sociology and landscape architecture and environmental planning and aims at the development and sharing of integrated knowledge. A wide range of courses provides access to the various disciplines. In addition, the interdisciplinary nature of urban design is reflected in the high level of student teamwork and exchanges in the context of design projects, the so-called labs and studios. Above all, methodologies are practiced which reveal the high degree of complexity of tasks and enable the students to intervene in diverse contexts.