Plan­ning 21st cen­tury cities

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tHE prin­ci­pal cities of the world are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pro­found changes. In the face of ex­tra­or­di­nary ur­ban growth rates, par­tic­u­larly in Asia and Africa, cities are rapidly ex­pand­ing into their re­gional ter­ri­to­ries.

These pro­cesses of ur­ban­i­sa­tion that have long ex­ceeded mu­nic­i­pal bound­aries are now eras­ing re­gional and even na­tional bound­aries.

In light of these mount­ing chal­lenges, the de­sign of our cities and re­gions con­sti­tutes a cru­cial fac­tor in our abil­ity to an­swer the ur­ban and en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges which lie ahead.

This de­mands trained pro­fes­sion­als with the ver­sa­til­ity and knowl­edge to tackle the most press­ing of de­sign ques­tions.

The Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore’s School of De­sign & En­vi­ron­ment of­fers nu­mer­ous post­grad­u­ate de­gree pro­grammes which equip stu­dents with the skills nec­es­sary to emerge as lead­ers of to­mor­row’s built en­vi­ron­ment.

Master of Ur­ban Plan­ning (MUP)

The Master of Ur­ban Plan­ning (MUP) is a two-year, full-time multi-dis­ci­plinary de­gree pro­gramme.

Of­fered by the NUS’ School of De­sign & En­vi­ron­ment, the pro­gramme equips grad­u­ates with all the nec­es­sary spa­tial de­sign and in­tel­lec­tual skills to be the ur­ban plan­ning pro­fes­sion­als who will meet the chal­lenges of a rapidly ur­ban­is­ing world.

These re­late to the built en­vi­ron­ment and its un­der­ly­ing struc­tures – so­cial, eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, and le­gal – as well as the de­sign and plan­ning poli­cies.

In shap­ing the way our cities and re­gions are de­signed and de­vel­oped, ur­ban plan­ners need to think spa­tially at var­i­ous scales and to deal with both the short and the long term.

The ob­jec­tive of the pro­gramme is to pre­pare a new gen­er­a­tion of ur­ban plan­ning pro­fes­sions with an un­der­stand­ing of the

NUS’ School of De­sign & En­vi­ron­ment’s Master of Ur­ban Plan­ning pro­gramme equips grad­u­ates with the nec­es­sary spa­tial de­sign and in­tel­lec­tual skills to en­able them to meet the chal­lenges of a rapidly ur­ban­is­ing world.

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