Urban Studies

Taught in Russian

This program is intended for representatives of the government, non-profit and commercial sectors, as well as entrepreneurs in the field of culture, urban planning and management. Student will learn how to implement projects related to spatial development and revitalization of the urban environment. Courses of the program include subjects such as political economy, social and transport infrastructure, city environment and psychology. Student will also be brought up-to-speed on the latest trends in urbanization and development.

Participants of the program will gain familiarity with international and Russian experience in the development of concepts and spatial development strategies of all types, regional and urban master planning, development of case studies and concrete practices of the field of new visual images, branding and creative transformation of the urban environment, professional terminology used in territorial law, business planning and management at different levels, tools and technologies, socio-cultural design.

An important focus of the program is the study of territories and their relation to humans. We will look at different categories of people and urban communities, with attention to aspects such as the comfort of the urban environment, level and quality of life, security and sustainable development, adaptation of new facilities to the existing social fabric. The issues of semantic and functional zoning will also be explored.

The program includes practical workshops, internships, seminars, participation in specific research and consulting projects under the guidance of leading Russian and foreign experts. In the 2013/2014 academic year a workshop will be held titled "Science City and University Campus" and based on the cities of Tomsk and Pushchino.

Partners and internship centers:

  • · Canadian Urban Institute (Toronto, Canada)
  • · School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
  • · Interarts (Barcelona, Spain)
  • · Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST) (Wuhan, China)
  • · Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • · University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, USA)
  • · Tomsk State University (Tomsk, Russia)
  • · Kazan State University (Kazan, Russia)
  • · Pushchino State University (Pushchino, Russia)
  • · The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana" (Tula region)

Program directors:

  • Olga Victorovna Karpova, MSc in Cultural Management, Dean of the Faculty of Socio-cultural Project Management

  • Ekaterina Olegovna Larionova, architect, PhD, head of Management of Territorial Development Department at the RANEPA School of Public Policy

Admission Council:
+7 (495) 564-85-82

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