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About Mundus Urbano

Mundus Urbano (MU) is a consortium of four European universities offering an advanced interdisciplinary Master of Science programme –International Cooperation in Urban Development. The programme addresses the dynamic challenges faced throughout the world due to rapid urbanisation processes. The two-year course is innovative in its interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary set-up and arranges knowledge around emerging global phenomena.

Transdisciplinary approach

Conventional town planning approaches have proven inadequate in dealing with the constantly evolving urban challenges. MU provides students with the highest quality academic resources and teaching staff. The program affords them insight into current development planning theories and practices, instigating them to propose architecturally, socially, economically and ecologically sustainable urban development solutions.

Diversity as an asset

The multi-faceted composition of both the Mundus Urbano student groups and teaching staff fosters a diverse learning environment and allows for the development of a global professional network. Coming from different parts of the world, lecturers and students have backgrounds that range from Architecture and Design, Engineering to Social and Political Sciences.

International double degree

MU produces advanced graduates who can innovatively address the complexities of phenomena facing the world’s urban populations, mostly in developing countries. The programme allows students to pursue a double degree in International Cooperation in Urban Development with specialisations in Development Economics (Rome), Sustainable Emergency Architecture (Barcelona) or Urban Planning (Grenoble).

Vast working field

Professionals are increasingly required to undertake projects internationally in the urban development field. MU builds the capacity to meet the challenges that this type of work presents. It prepares both professionals and academics for critically analysing and assessing the growing problems in urban areas internationally. Internship opportunities arise during the course. MU alumni are skilled to work in local and international institutions and have improved access to PhD programmes.

"The presence of a diverse student body and international faculty made this one of the most important learning experiences of my life, and opened up avenues and opportunities previously unfathomable to me."

Apoorva RathodArchitect, India, Class 2012-2014, Current affiliation: University of Gothenburg, Ph.D. Candidate

"The program itself helped consolidate and link up my previous knowledge on development. In particular, the course lecturers provided a real world perspective to current issues and provided a comfortable space to discuss and understand the intricacies of development.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

"Mundus Urbano gave me the opportunity to learn a more holistic approach towards urban development.

Blanca CalvoArchitect, Catalunya, Class 2011-2013 Current affiliation: Urbanists for Equity, South Africa

“The most relevant experience is the contact with professionals from all around the world, daily confrontation with colleagues with different backgrounds on urbanization issues, and the variety of topics addressed during the semester.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

"I can easily say that this program has changed the way I see myself as a professional."

David KostenweinUrban and Regional Planner Austria, Class 2011-2013 Current affiliation: ETH Zürich, Ph.D. Candidate

“Global views and perspectives from multidisciplinary students and professors in the program through sharing of experiences enriched the program.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

“Global views and perspectives from multidisciplinary students and professors in the program through sharing of experiences enriched the program.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

“Mundus Urbano prepared me to have a more global perspective and understand in a broader sense the challenges that cities face. I also gained great friends from around the globe.”

AnonymousAlumni survey

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Interested in our program? Mundus Urbano offers highest quality academic resources and teaching staff and provides students with an insight into current development planning theories and practices, instigating them to propose architecturally, socially, economically and ecologically sustainable urban development solutions.For self-financed students, the deadline for application submission is extended until April 15th.If you wish to apply for MU as a self financed student you can do so until April 15, 2021.The application process for the TU Darmstadt requires that all students register and complete an application form online. You can find the link in our bio! #mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #tudarmstadt #tudarmstadtfb15architektur #application #ApplyNow ... See MoreSee Less

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New Year, New Lecture! Today in our Lecture Series „Urban Transitions“: Urban environments have been substantially transformed by increasing socio-cultural diversity through transnational migration as a result of globalised economies in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. In this scenario, Architecture does the work of mediating between cultures and the soft entry into a culture is when familiar objects, artefacts, buildings and even street patterns begin to contain aspects of cultural difference.Framed within the context of globalization, this lecture then aims to look at architecture as a practice that mediates cultural encounters.Dr. Dhara Patel is an Architect and a Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Sociology, TU Darmstadt. She obtained her PhD in Architecture from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2018. Patel’s research focus in the past and in the current project is to investigate socio-spatial processes staged through the architectural type of housing. Dr Patel has also been recently awarded a DFG research grant funding her project proposing to investigate the housing type afforded by the new class of Indian migrants, in the global but nonetheless culturally disparate city of Frankfurt and inquire how housing as an architectural type is instrumentalised as signifier of both integrative and differential spatial practices linked to identity creation.#mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #urbantransitions #lectureseries 2021 ... See MoreSee Less

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New Year, New Lecture! Today in our Lecture Series „Urban Transitions“: Urban environments have been substantially transformed by increasing socio-cultural diversity through transnational migration as a result of globalised economies in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. In this scenario, Architecture does the work of mediating between cultures and the soft entry into a culture is when familiar objects, artefacts, buildings and even street patterns begin to contain aspects of cultural difference.Framed within the context of globalization, this lecture then aims to look at architecture as a practice that mediates cultural encounters.Dr. Dhara Patel is an Architect and a Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Sociology, TU Darmstadt. She obtained her PhD in Architecture from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2018. Patel’s research focus in the past and in the current project is to investigate socio-spatial processes staged through the architectural type of housing. Dr Patel has also been recently awarded a DFG research grant funding her project proposing to investigate the housing type afforded by the new class of Indian migrants, in the global but nonetheless culturally disparate city of Frankfurt and inquire how housing as an architectural type is instrumentalised as signifier of both integrative and differential spatial practices linked to identity creation.#mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #urbantransitions #lectureseries #2021 ... See MoreSee Less

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