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Graduate Urbanism Studies Aren't What They Used to Be

As society's understanding of cities, neighborhoods, and communities continues to evolve, so too do the graduate education programs created to provide professional training in those areas.
November 19, 2014, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"For students interested in becoming professional urban practitioners, postgraduate options have expanded…perhaps in response to the changing landscape of urbanism," writes Sophie Silkes. In fact, where once "options for would-be urban world-changers were once comprised of architecture, planning, design, and urban studies. Today, prospective students have the opportunity to pursue an MA or MSc in everything from Sustainable Environmental Systems to City Design and Social Science or Urban Strategies and Design."

"These programs explore disparate themes but have several common elements, which mirror today’s particular brand of exploratory, creative urbanism. With an emphasis on  “interdisciplinary” or “transdiscplinary” curricula, they embrace criticism, question the traditional tenets of urban planning, and encourage entrepreneurial design innovation."

Silkes goes on to study the Theories of Urban Practice Master of Arts program at Parsons School of Design Strategies in Manhattan as an example of the new trends in urbanism education.

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Published on Monday, November 17, 2014 in This Big City
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