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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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Another Wednesday, another lecture!

After least weeks first lecture of our discussion series „Urban Transitions in in Praxis & Academia“ we continue this week with a lecture by Natasha Aruri (TU Berlin) on the topic „Re-restablishing lost connections: Knowledge production + small politics“.

in preview of our presentation she says: „In today’s realities of rise of neo-religiosities, right-wing politics, climate crises and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are implored to rethink our understanding of global orders, and our role in the way everyday lives and spaces are made and shaped. Colonialism is not an issue of the past, as contemporary protests and revolutions from Santiago de Chile, Hong Kong, Minneapolis, Cairo, Beirut and many others demonstrate. Likewise, academia is not an isolated field of apolitical ‘do-good’ only, and architecture and urban planning have always been central to regimes, systems of power and extraction. We know that ‘fixing’ the problem requires us to change the way we produce knowledge about our practice and the principles on which we train new generations. Yet, it is much less recognized that we also need to resituate ‘small politics’ into our principles of professional practice, as well as everydays. Through talking about two of my ongoing projects, “Critical Mapping in Municipalist Movements” and “Urbanisation, Gender and the Global South: a transformative knowledge network”, I will discuss ideas on how my teams and I are trying to deal with some of the challenges the cities of Berlin, Belgrade, Barcelona and Ramallah are facing today.“

Natasha Aruri is an urbanist and researcher. Her work focuses on cities of exasperated insecurities; spacio-politics of and resistance to (neo)colonialism; and facing uncertainties through people-based, dynamic strategies of spatial design. Currently she is a Postdoctoral Researcher at K LAB, TU-Berlin, co-coordinating and working on two self-fundraised research projects that look at the intersections of critical mapping, socio-environmental transformation in cities, and new municipalist movements.

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We are looking forward to the first lecture in the Mundus Urbano Discussion series "Urban Transitions in Praxis & Academia", scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th, with Mundus Urbano Alumna MSc. Lizzette Soria. In the lecture titled "Who are cities for? Gender and diversity in urban practice", we will examine how inclusive urban policy can be translated into concrete interventions and positive impacts through changes in social norms, legislation, gender-responsive infrastructure and creation of data.
Lizzette is an international expert on cities and gender. Throughout her career, she has been actively engaged with international organizations, city authorities, women rights organizations, and the academia to find concrete solutions to the main challenges women face in cities and public spaces around the globe. Presently, Lizzette Soria works as a Policy Specialist in UN Women based in New York City, where she provides advise on mainstreaming gender in urban and mobility policies to UN agencies, national and local governments, with a strong passion to translate normative work to concrete policy and interventions.

The event is jointly organised by Mundus Urbano and the research group "urban morphosis lab“.
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We are looking forward to the first lecture in the Mundus Urbano Discussion series "Urban Transitions in Praxis & Academia", scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th, with Mundus Urbano Alumna MSc. Lizzette Soria. In the lecture titled "Who are cities for? Gender and diversity in urban practice", we will examine how inclusive urban policy can be translated into concrete interventions and positive impacts through changes in social norms, legislation, gender-responsive infrastructure and creation of data.
Lizzette is an international expert on cities and gender. Throughout her career, she has been actively engaged with international organizations, city authorities, women rights organizations, and the academia to find concrete solutions to the main challenges women face in cities and public spaces around the globe. Presently, Lizzette Soria works as a Policy Specialist in UN Women based in New York City, where she provides advise on mainstreaming gender in urban and mobility policies to UN agencies, national and local governments, with a strong passion to translate normative work to concrete policy and interventions.

The event is jointly organised by Mundus Urbano and the research group "urban morphosis lab“.
#mundusurbano #internationalcooperation #urbandevelopment #urbantransitions #lectureseries #lizettesoria #cities #gender #diversity
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