About the School
At our school, we try to focus on urban spatial planning, urban studies, and the management of spatial development. In particular, we study the regulation of construction, the distribution of the main activities of inhabitants over a city’s territory, and the planning of city transport infrastructure. After all, most transport problems are not due to a large quantity of transport (there isn’t all that much in Moscow) but to the fact that the places where people live and work are organised in such a way that it is difficult to commute between them. This is what leads to severe traffic congestion in capital cities. There is a similar problem in the construction sector: due to poor cooperation between public organisations, new buildings rise up spontaneously and haphazardly, often causing more harm than good.
On December 22, 2014, Alexander Vysokovsky, Dean of the HSE Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning, died unexpectedly, aged 66.
On November 11, the HSE hosted an open lecture by Mayor of Milan Giuliano Pisapia. He talked about the upcoming international exhibition Expo 2015, which will take place in Milan from May-October next year, and about the transformations underway in Milan as an urban environment. He extended an invitation to HSE to take part in Expo Milano 2015, saying that Milan was 'ready to offer a forum for interesting projects' proposed by leading universities.
The HSE Institute of Regional Studies and Urban Planning held a panel discussion entitled ‘Developing Cities and Infrastructure’ as part of the Russian-Japanese forum ‘Points of Intersection: Business, Technology, Culture’ that took place in Moscow. The discussion focused on development opportunities in Moscow and the adoption of solutions to urban problems already applied in Tokyo.
The Graduate School of Urban Studies is launching an international peer-reviewed journal ‘Urban Studies in Russia’. We are currently preparing the first issue of the journal and we invite authors to submit work and cooperate with us. The journal will cover scientific articles dedicated to research into different processes on urban spatial structure, urban planning, and methods of urban studies.
On April 18, 2014 the well-known New York city activist Daniel Latorre delivered a lecture at the HSE Graduate School of Urban Studies. Latorre spoke about ‘Digital Placemaking & Moving to Place-based Governance’.
On September 6-7 2013, an exhibition of research projects from 2011-2013 called ‘The City’ took place in the ‘SahArt’ gallery. The first graduates of the Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning presented their master’s degree projects, the culmination of two years’ work.
In July 2013, The HSE's Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning hosted its first summer school on promoting urban activism. The school was attended by international experts, including the architects Stefan Retich, professor at the University of Bremen, Janine Walter from Berlin, and Lukasz Pancewicz from Gdansk. We spoke to the organiser of the summer school, Dmitry Savkin, Deputy Dean of the Higher School of Urban Studies and Planning.
Ksenia Mokrushina, graduate of the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, MA of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told us about her experience of study, work and teaching in urban planning.
On October 24th Blair Ruble, Director of the Kennan Institute and Comparative Urban Studies Project (USA) gave a lecture at the HSE on the development of metropolitan governance around the world.
A Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning has been launched at the HSE. The new department will be the first in Russia to train experts in urban spatial planning.