Taking European and Baltic cities as examples, the course examines the built environment, natural environment, and social environment, giving special consideration to national policy and local initiative in a post-Socialist context.
During summer 2012, 11 ungergraduate and graduate planning students participated in a three-week study abroad course in Estonia. The group was hosted by Tallinn University of Technology and the course was designed specifically for urban planning and environmental design students.
The course includes guest lectures and discussions, tours, hands-on exercises, and site visits. Projects focus on understanding the evolution of the built environment, comparative urbanization patterns, and sustainable planning objectives and outcomes. With a home base in Tartu, the students also visited other cities in Estonia (Tallinn, Pärun, and Viljandi) and took a 2-day trip to Riga, Latvia. The course was directed by Dr. Daniel B. Hess, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, who was a 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar at Tallinn University of Technology, Tartu College.
Faculty contact: Prof. Daniel Hess