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Detail of a students' group work (M. Falceri, S. Leardi, F. Mosna, M. Zampieri: Landscape and Territorial Planning Studio, 2012-2013)

This Master of Science provides training for spatial planners that are able to solve complex problems related to the current situation and the future of our cities and territories: environmental sustainability, social inclusion, climate change, energy efficiency, mobility, land take reduction, landscape and heritage preservation.
Our MSc in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning, thus, aims at training planners that are sensible to the objectives set for the Sustainable Development Goal 11 of the United Nations: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".

The programme offers a combination of teaching units, to provide knowledge and analytical skills in several disciplines, and multidisciplinary cross-curricular studios that focus around case studies, with the aim of learning by doing to formulate and assess the implementation of spatial policies, strategies, programmes, plans, and projects. The programme offers two curricula which share a term (first semester) and a final project of 30 ECTS (that may also include a traineeship):
  • Urban and Regional Planning (in Italian)
  • Planning for the global urban agenda (in English)


AESOP Certificate of Quality

The Master of Science in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning has been granted, in January 2016, the AESOP Certificate of Quality. This certification of our educational programme is provided by AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning, http://www.aesop-planning.eu/) and is assigned to the best planning schools in Europe.


Planning in the agenda: understanding and changing the world

In October 2016 the Habitat III New Urban Agenda of the United Nations has been approved in Quito (Ecuador).
Among the actions to be tackled in the "Quito Declaration on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All" it is important to highlight the article no. 102, stressing the importance of training in urban, territorial, landscape and environmental planning.

* "We will strive to improve capacity for urban planning and design and providing training for urban planners at national, sub-national, and local levels" (p. 20)


The planner
The planner we train is an expert that is able to work with experts coming from different cultural backgrounds. Her/his education is interdisciplinary and made to deal with planning at different territorial scales, to design spatial strategies, to contribute to policy-making, to address urban and wider scales transformations.

Our planner is trained to interact with different actors - from institutions, private sector, NGOs and other agencies - and trained to help active participation of experts and non-experts in decision-making processes.

She/he is trained to work at/for the local context as well the national and the global.


On-site visits and activities.

Link to a video created and posted by our students (Camilla Guadalupi and Andrea Mora, with the contribution of Lorenzo Attardo):
https://youtu.be/aQGXuq-4FSc

Organisation

The Master of Science in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning offers a combination of teaching units, to provide knowledge and analytical skills in several disciplines, and multidisciplinary cross-curricular studios that focus around case studies, with the aim of learning by doing to formulate and assess the implementation of spatial policies, strategies, programmes, plans, and projects.

Italian and English curricula
The programme offers two curricula which share a term (first semester) and a final project of 30 ECTS:
  • Urban and Regional Planning (in Italian)
  • Planning for the global urban agenda (in English)
See the link to the detailed course programme below for more information.

Two typologies of final project
The final project may be a research thesis (30 ECTS), with the aim to focus on a specific theme. This typology of final project is meant to apply the student's acquired knowledge and test their capacity to autonomously elaborate on the chosen topic and develop a consistent research methodology.
Another option is to work on a final project that includes a traineeship (20 ECTS for the thesis, 10 ECTS for the traineeship). In this case, the final project will be explicitly oriented to topic and methodologies developed during the traineeship.

The Master of Science in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning has a very favourable students/professors ratio, helping to shape a sense of community.

Detail of a students' group work (R. Amatobene, E. Errante, R. Germano, C. Nigro: Landscape and Territorial Planning Studio, 2012-2013)
The Politecnico di Torino  is a founding member of UNISCAPE, the European Network of Universities for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention.
Our MSc is among those listed by UNISCAPE.

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