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What we see above is the statement of the 11th Sustainable Development Goal, one of the 17 adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The impact of anthropisation and, above all, the process of extended urbanisation on the planet, with the related environmental and social challenges, need the action of specialised professionals in the field of territorial governance to analyse, represent and assess current and future transformations as well as to plan scenarios and tools for decision-making.

This is the mission for our students: Spatial planners, Urban Managers, Spatial Analysts and, also, experts in territorial transformation dynamics. Job markets for our students are both in the public and private sector: from planning authorities at different territorial levels, to enterprises that have interests in urban and regional development, to agencies and organisations that deal with R&D in local and global contexts.

The United Nations highlight the importance of education and training for spatial planners, as stated in article 102 of the “Quito Declaration on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All” of the United Nations (Habitat III Conference, New Urban Agenda, 2016): 

We will strive to improve capacity for urban planning and design and providing training for urban planners at national, sub-national, and local levels

This professional competence, recognised in the EU Directive 2005/36/CE, has an established tradition in European countries (Town and Country Planning, Spatial Planning, Urbanisme) and the Politecnico di Torino has been one of the first universities in Italy to create a programme in Planning (in 2001, after the national reform of regulated professions).

In 15 years, the MSc in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning has trained more than 400 planners for the Italian context, attracting students from all over the country. Furthermore, since 2017/2018 a.y. an English curriculum has been added, attracting students from all over the world and facilitating intercultural and professional exchanges among them and with other schools of planning. The community of professors and students that thrives around the MSc is characterized by the multi-disciplinary approach as well as the capacity to have a specialised understanding of the different issues and challenges, so to be able to contribute to build an inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable future.

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

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, and is assigned to the best planning schools in Europe.

The Politecnico di Torino  is also 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.

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.

Look at the video created and posted by our students (Camilla Guadalupi and Andrea Mora, with the contribution of Lorenzo Attardo) by clicking on the image on the left.

The MSc programme can be seen in detail in the general "Course Programme" page: click on the link in the left column and choose the appropriate enrolment year.
Download our flyer here (for the academic year 2020-2021)

Browse our booklet. You can find details and useful information, in Italian and in English, on the MSc in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning.