Urban Studies

The Master of Urban Studies is a two-year, English-language program focused on contemporary urbanism. The program combines history, theory and practice to rethink prevailing understandings of urbanization, and to contribute to building more equitable urbanisms than the current ones. The main premise of the program is that the subject of urban studies is ireducible to the “city”: the global urban arena today, more than ever before, is where struggles over our collective future play out.

This transcdisciplinary program builds on insights from critical urban geography, urban planning and architectural history. Urbanism is seen through the conceptual lenses of socio-spatial dialectics and uneven urban development. Themes addressed in the program include housing and gentrification; urban nature and ecology; infrastructure and global networks. Urban Studies will introduce you to the basics of urban design and planning, as well as to a range of skills such as how to conduct a field work, write about urbanism and develop urban strategies. The art school/architectural department where you will study provide a great environment to combine critical thought and creative imagination.

Urban Studies prepares you for a career in planning, public policy and community advocacy. Our alumni work as urban designers in the private sector, as planners in public administration (municipal, regional and state-level), and as consultants in the NGO sector. They have founded advocacy organizations, and many are active as urban activists. The program provides a good basis for postgraduate study.

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Paljassaare island hopping: Cruising through barren and the bliss

1st year Urban Studies students island hop through Paljassaare peninsula – the “barren island” in the very happening and now district of Northern Tallinn! On this (bicycle) cruise we explored the different layers of the peculiar peninsula, while ...

Paljassaare island hopping: Cruising through barren and the bliss

Ahoy sailor, we welcome you aboard for our ...

Shelter at Home: Curious Cases of Dwelling

2020 Urban models (in)habitation course had its final review entitled "Shelter at Home: Curious Cases of Dwelling". Shelters provide physical survival. Throughout time along with the development of urban models, the agendas ...

Urban Studies Master Thesis Defence 2020

Congratulations👏 again Larissa Franz, Hoi Yee Cheung, Jannat Sohail, Jennifer Jackson and Maiken Vardja for delivering great defense. Here are some photos by our 1st year student ...

Re-Valuing Nature: A Conversation Between Wastelands and Wetlands

On the 21st of May, the first year students of the EKA's Urban Studies program launched the website Re-valuing nature: A conversation between wastelands ...

Urban Ethnography Collaborative Research Projects

Taking urban environmental imaginaries and technoecologies of (hard or soft) urban infrastructure as a starting point, the Urban Ethnography course (tutors: Agata Marzecova and Hanna Husberg) 

Beyond Borders: Moving through Maardu

"After a long semester attempting to grasp hold of the elusive Maardu, I ended my final project not with answers but with more questions about the process of urbanisation. The whole study experience was a roller ...

RETHINKING GENTRIFICATION FROM THE FRONTIER: BERLIN-SCHÖNEWEIDE

A501 16:00 Põhja pst 7 While few outside Berlin know where Schöneweide is, new developments led by the likes of Bryan Adams and Olafur Eliasson position the neighbourhood as a silent frontier of gentrification dynamics in the ...

Beyond Borders: Moving through Maardu

A lake and a port. Summer housing and mass housing. Metal, steel, automobiles, and the not-so distant memories of phosphorus mining. Beyond the towers of Vanalinn and the limestone of Lasnamäe exists this municipal assemblage that over 15,000 ...

Estonia Diagonal

Urban studies 1st year students are taking a critical look at both the term and the process of urbanisation. The so called urban is investigated in their semester-long studio by searching for the traces of the gradual spread of Tallinn over time ...

A Day Out In Maardu: Chasing the Fox Tails

From atop the hill of the St. Michael the ...

The Zone: Urban Studies research studio final presentation

The Special Economic Zone, writes Keller Easterling, has not always been a global urban addiction and a world-city template. Yet, she contends, "the wild mutation of the form over the last thirty years only make it seem penetrable to further ...

Public presentation: “Housing”

Public presentation of the Estonian Academy of Arts urban studies ...

‘Walking the City’ final presentations: Urban interventions and walking practice

Estonian Academy of Arts Departments of Urban Studies and Photography Friday 13.11.2015, 18.00 'Walking the City' has been a course that brought together urban practitioners from various backgrounds and courses within EKA as well as ...

WALKING IN CIRCLES: A LECTURE BY STALKER—OSSERVATORIO NOMADE

A lecture by Stalker—Osservatorio Nomade (Rome, Italy) October 29, 2015, 19.00 Faculty of Architecture, Pikk 20, 3rd floor Stalker is a collective of architects and researchers connected to the Roma Tre University who came together in the ...