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The field of knowledge in sustainable urban planning and design: a conceptual model for development of the MSc SUPD
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Urban Design. (Spatial analysis and Design (SAD))
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In 2009 decisions were taken to develop the MSc Urban Planning and Design (UPD) at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) at KTH, into a broader program incorporating, on the one hand, an already running MSc in Urban Regional Planning (URP) and, on the other, a new program in Environment and Planning (EP). The new program was given the name Sustainable Urban Planning and Design (SUPD), and the three subordinate programs were now denominated as tracks within the new MScprogram. The reasons for this reorganisation was manifold but the most important were, firstly, to create fewer and broader MSc-programs that better represented the profile of strong knowledge environments at ABE, secondly, raising the performance and quality of the programs and, finally, simplifying the communication and marketing of MS-programs.

Less directly expressed but of equal importance were structural changes in the field that needed to be reflected in the profiles of the MSc-programs. One such profound change was the broad, powerful and acute debate on how to develop our societies into sustainable societies, where urban development suddenly had been addressed as maybe the most important field of action, raising completely new knowledge challenges for its practices. Another change with far reaching repercussions was the accelerating globalisation, quickly rearranging economic positions and roles between cities and regions around the world. These new agendas questioned the professional identities in the field, both when it comes to type and level of knowledge. Such profound structural changes asked not only for a new and updated organisation for the MSc but an analysis of its field, both as a field of practice and a field of knowledge. As part of the work towards a new and updated formulation of the identity and content of the new MSc-program SUPD, as well as its individual tracks, a preliminary analysis of that kind is presented here.

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Urban design, urban planning, urban governance, spatial systems, institutional systems, discursive systems, planning education, architectural education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-53457OAI: diva2:470102
QC 20120308Available from: 2012-03-08 Created: 2011-12-28 Last updated: 2012-03-08Bibliographically approved

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