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Welcome to the department of International Urbanism. Our department seeks to contribute to critical urban research, policy discourse and the development of application-oriented methods and tools. Not only do rapid urbanization and other global transformation processes bring about new spatial formations and settlement types, they also pose unprecedented challenges in urban development such as urban inequality, environmental degradation and social conflict.

Resolving such challenges requires a detailed understanding of planning and urban design tasks. This is why our teaching and research focus on the governance of urban transformation, on new constellations of actors in cities and an informalization of planning processes in order to contribute to spatially relevant solutions. The cornerstone is an integrated approach that combines planning and conceptual design with participation and co-production processes.

To achieve this, the department of International Urbanism collaborates with leading international urbanism departments, NGOs and other international and national development agencies. It represents the University of Stuttgart as a partner in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) of the United Nations. The department hosts the international Master’s Program in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD).