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Sustainable Urban Design

Programme overview

In the early 21st century, more people than ever before live in urban areas. The accelerating urbanization is one of the great challenges of our time and unchecked haphazard urbanization is a serious threat to both the environment and the social and economic balance. There is a global consensus that urbanization must be channeled into responsible, sustainable, and livable urban forms. High quality urban design plays a key role in creating these sustainable living environments.  

In consequence, there is a steadily growing demand for highly educated professionals in the field of sustainable urban design, and a demand for responsive education. The disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and city planning are all considered in urban design.

For urban design to be a sustainable and responsible practice, a dynamic education for architects and designers is necessary. Learning from culture and history, and searching together for new ways of designing, the Sustainable Urban Design programme at Lund University provides a leading education in this critical, architectural discipline.

Programme objectives

  • offer a broad education, covering the most important aspects of sustainability related to urban design
  • provide students with the skills to manifest specific social, economic and environmental intentions in physical form through urban design
  • prepare students for professional practice and continued life-long intellectual development
  • take advantage of the possibilities created by a multi-national student group

A highly ranked university

Lund University was founded in 1666 and for a number of years has been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. The Faculty of Engineering is home to approximately 800 international students every year, and has a total of approximately 9,600 students and 1,600 employees.