Master Urban Planning
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4Cities, UNICA Euromaster in urban studies is a unique two-year interdisciplinary and international programme. 4Cities takes students to Brussels, Copenhagen, Vienna, Madrid and a number of surrounding cities. The programme is taught in English only. The course philosophy This particular programme adds a European perspective to the field of Urban Studies: it wants to break up and to open the national perspective on urban problems.
Since its foundation in 1991, the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam has established itself as an important player in the scientific community, not only in the region of Brandenburg and Berlin, but also internationally. The type of courses on offer at the university range from (civil) engineering, to social and information sciences, as well as cultural and creative courses of study. Through the medium of its competence networks "New Media and Knowledge Management", "The Building and Cultural Landscape of Brandenburg" "Social and Cultural Construction of Society", the University reflects the atmosphere of the region of Brandenburg itself, one which combines both modernity and tradition. The University of Applied Sciences offers excellent conditions for both individual and co-operative study, with 100 lecturers and professors responsible for around 2,500 students.
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Urbanization is an irreversible global trend involving a multitude of social, economic, environmental and spatial aspects. While urbanization is widely accepted as an indicator for economic development, its pace and impact on social and spatial conditions pose unprecedented challenges to both politicians and professionals. The experience of the past decades has shown that conventional concepts of urban planning and development based on control and investment in key infrastructure have not been adequate to cope with the rapid changes, financial constraints, high population growth, increasing urban poverty, informal land development and the adverse environmental impacts of urbanization. In recent years local and national governments in collaboration with development agencies have made progress in developing flexible and action- oriented strategies that emphasize on the interconnectivity of sectors, without denying the importance of sectoral measures.
Ants follow Fermat's principle of least time <img src="http://cdn.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/tmb/2013/antsfermatsprinciple1.jpg" alt="" align="left" width="90" height="90"/> (Phys.org) —Ants have long been known to choose the shortest of several routes to a food source, but what happens when the shortest route is not the fastest? This situation can occur, for example, when ...