Urban and Regional Planning Programme
If you want to make a difference in the everyday lives of people, protect the environment and create a sustainable world, become a Spatial Planner!
WHAT IS SPATIAL PLANNING?
Seventy percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas and is in need for planned sustainable built environments. Spatial Planning is an interdisciplinary field where professionals work with geographers, architects, landscape designers, construction managers, environmentalists and economists to create and reinvent sustainable communities and places for citizens to live, work and play. Urban Planners engage in policy and practice related to housing, economic and commercial development, culture and recreation, environmental protection and the liveable and sustainable development of places and spaces for people.
Students discuss city planning in Tallinn, Estonia, with city planner Kerttu Martin. Photo by Daniel B. Hess (2013).
WHAT DO PLANNERS DO?
Planners work in many public, private and non-profit sectors. Planners create comprehensive land use and strategic plans for regions, cities and urban areas. They use their training and knowledge to create sustainable and well thought out development programmes for people and places. Planners work in areas of:
• Housing policy
• Economic development and job creation
• Commercial and retail market assessments
• Transportation and mobility
• Infrastructure development
• Open space and recreation
• Historic and cultural protection
• Environmental protection
• Green spaces and connectivity
• Public relations and public participation
• Public administration and politics
• Built environment and design
Zenia Kotval, Professor in Tartu College and Michigan State University
Tartu is a wonderful place to start a planning programme. It is the second largest city in Estonia, it is international in a sense that it’s a university town. Lots of international students reside here. It is very liveable with a good mix of historic as well as modern architecture. You get everything from culture, education, science and nature. All within a very short distance.
This is a two year curriculum, and it can be completed with only one year in residence. That makes it economical and especially interesting for international students because it is a combination of seminars and online classes, sight visits, tours to different places across Europe. It is going to be taught by a variety of faculty from the US, Europe and Estonia.