Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Built environment frames our everyday life. In urban planning and engineering, we shape these frames. Urban realities are becoming increasingly dynamic, complex and fragmented while demands for their liveability, sustainability, competitiveness, and attractiveness increase. This requires new skills in systemic understanding, problem-solving, and integrative planning and policy-making beyond sectorial boundaries. This programme focuses on important future challenges of sustainable built environment, tackling topical global megatrends, such as urbanization and need for greener cities. The uniqueness of the program is its focus on a wide range of approaches from people’s daily life and mobility to large scale strategic and systemic thinking necessary for shaping the built environment.

The students of the programme will gain broad overview from the fields of land use planning and transportation engineering. The students can use integrated land use planning and transport engineering tools for the planning, analysis, and evaluation of urban land use and transport, and in a broader strategic spatial planning frame. They are able to understand the opportunities and limitations of the various approaches of the field. The students understand the ecological, economic, social and technical complexities of urban and regional built environment. They can evaluate multi-dimensional and systemic interdependencies of sustainable development, as related to the field. They can also apply the requirements for development of smart cities and intelligent transport systems, including a range of technological aspects. Furthermore, the students can critically apply, evaluate and develop various theoretical methods and approaches used in spatial and land use planning and transport engineering. The students can utilize diverse sources of information to be used in creative problem solving.

The programme has cross-disciplinary approach, emphasising team work, communication and negotiation skills as well as employing advanced project management skills. The students are familiar with a rich theoretical and empirical knowledge base related to the relationship between people and built environment and can apply and develop a variety of methods and practices for participatory planning. They understand the contested nature of urban politics and urban change. Accordingly, the students gain ethical reflectivity on the value implications of their planning and engineering work.

In his/her studies, the student can specialize in spatial and land use planning or transport engineering, or obtain a broader expertise integrating both fields. After graduation, the student can work in different professional roles of choice, including planning, management and analysis of land use and transportation at urban, regional, national and international levels. Research oriented students can build a solid background for doctoral studies. More information: https://into.aalto.fi/display/enspt/Homepage

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