The (re)making of better and sustainable urban landscapes can be achieved by considering urbanism as a planning and design-oriented activity. Our mission in advancing, sharing, and applying knowledge revolves around two key questions: adapting the built environment to societal and environmental changes, and using design, planning, and engineering interventions to better satisfy human needs.
The broad context of urbanism encompasses socio-ecological inclusive planning and design and integral urban development. It involves engineering-, social- and environmental-based methods and techniques as operative instruments and the development and application of advanced urban data science and geospatial information technologies. Six sections form the basis for the inter- and transdisciplinary, context-driven and problem/solution-focused research and education: Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Spatial Planning & Strategy, Urban Studies, Urban Data Sciences, and Environmental Technology and Design. We emphasise the development of the disciplines and the interaction of these fields in terms of theories, methods and techniques, and their application via concepts, strategies, and spatial interventions.
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Environmental Technology & Design
Sustainable development of neighbourhoods, cities and regions, addressing the environmental challenges in the interaction of people, technology and design.
Knowledge acquisition, strategy development and design exploration of landscape compositions and systems in the built environment.
Spatial Planning & Strategy
Formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies, visions, strategies, plans and programmes for urban regions.
Urban Data Science
Designing, developing, and implementing better systems to model (3D) cities, buildings and landscapes, as well as the governance models underpinning GIS and spatial data infrastructures.
Design of the physical form of existing urban areas and their future adaptations due to processes of urban transformation.
Research on people-place relationships at different spatial scales, from neighbourhoods to cities and regions.