View of Varanasi from international studio during Spring 2019

Global Partnerships

Global Partnerships

Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning aims to provide globally relevant programs that can have an impact on people and places both in the US and across the world. Our curriculum leverages many globally connected planning problems and acknowledges that the best planning innovations can come from diverse places around the world.

Our School offers international studios, courses abroad, partnerships with international universities, and opportunities for education and partnership across the globe.

International Studios

The School of City and Regional Planning organizes at least one international planning studio each year. The most recent international planning studios in Spring 2019 were in India, Japan and Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico 2020: Making Cataño Count

The School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech hosted its second iteration of its Planning Studio master’s requirement in Puerto Rico in Spring of 2020. This year’s studio focused on the United States Decennial Census efforts for 2020. Puerto Rico, as an underrepresented territory within the United States, was a driving motivator for this project. The studio was assigned to Cataño, a small municipality just across the bay from the capital, San Juan. Cataño faces disproportionate levels of hard-to-count and underrepresented populations within the greater metropolitan area. Both the Cataño government and Puerto Rican Planning Board were assigned as the studio’s clients.

International Urban Design Studio 2020, Shinagawa, Tokyo

The Tokyo Smart City Studio in Spring 2020 investigates Shinagawa and its surroundings at the Tokyo Bay waterfront area in the context of new maglev high speed rail station area development, one of the biggest urban development projects in the City of Tokyo of the next decade. The operation of the new high-speed maglev rail station from 2030 will make Shinagawa a 70-70 new gateway, 70 minutes from Tokyo to Osaka for a region with 70 million population. The new infrastructure will compress the concept of space and time, and will change the inter-cities relation. Its future city vision will have profound impact to the urban forms, functions and experiences of the city. The project aims to develop a test bed of urban systems design to demonstrate how a smart community is designed, evaluated, and implemented in Japan by incorporating governmental agencies, stakeholders and communities, with focuses on urban design and modeling, urban analytics of big data, Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobility and eco urban performance evaluation.

Exploring the City of Varanasi’s Smart City Ambitions

The ancient city of Varanasi, India is one of the oldest and continuously inhabited cities in the world dating back thousands of years. The city is described as a place of temples and learning and is considered a cradle of Hindu faith. The city is home to an array of temples, shrines, and palaces along the banks of the river Ganges. It is also a commercial and industrial center famous for its silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, wooden toys, sculpture, and other handmade crafts. The Government of India’s “Smart Cities Mission” has initiated a massive $14 billion urban renewal and retrofitting program to develop 100 cities across the country, making them citizen friendly and sustainable in collaboration with candidate cities. Varanasi is one among them.

International Urban Design Studio 2019, Kyojima District, Tokyo

The site for the Spring 2019 Tokyo Smart City Studio is the Kyojima district in Sumida Ward, northeast of the city center and home of the famous Tokyo Skytree. Much of the neighborhood retains its mid-20th century charm, consisting of tightly packed low-rise buildings and many narrow streets and alleys. The studio worked with its Tokyo partners to make informed design decisions based on a vast array of data and analyses. The studio has delved into topics like flood mitigation, disaster relief, urban farming, systems and spacial modeling, and creating an interactive virtual representation of Kyojima. It pulls from a wide variety of subject areas, such as Internet of Things (IOT), Big Data, urban analytics, mobility and transportation, ecological performance analysis, and site planning and design. The aim is to conceive of a future plan for a smart and ecologically sound Kyojima.

Puerto Rico Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Studio 

This student-driven studio was a response to the widespread devastation left by two powerful hurricanes, Hurricane María and Hurricane Irma, that impacted Puerto Rico in 2017. Driven by their concern for Puerto Rico’s population, students with close ties to the island proposed a joint studio with the University of Puerto Rico’s Graduate School of Planning (EGP). Faculty at SCaRP and EGP ran parallel courses and an exchange program, which was awarded support from the APA Foundation Disaster Grant.

Partnerships with Tongji University

Tongji University & Georgia Tech Exchange Program

The Tongji University - Georgia Tech Exchange Program prepares M.Arch and MCRP students for global practice by enabling them to earn an additional master's degree upon completing two semesters at the host institution. Georgia Tech MCRP students earn a Master of Urban Planning degree from Tongji University. In exchange, M.Arch and MUP students from Tongji University earn the Master of Science in Urban Design (MSUD) from Georgia Tech. Students participating in this program pay in-State tuition rates during the year of the exchange. Tongji University’s School of Architecture and Planning has been ranked as the top university in China.


Eco Urban Lab

The radical transformation of cities and prompting urban energy issues in China are creating unprecedented urban forms and functions that lead to unpredictable environmental consequences and impact on global climate change. Asian cities like Shanghai would provide enormous opportunities for developing cutting-edge research on sustainable urban design models. The Joint Laboratory of Ecological Urban Design takes cities in China and the U.S. as “urban laboratories” for nurturing novel design methods and new technologies for ecological urban systems. It focuses on design, simulation and performance assessment of low energy, renewable and resilient urban systems.

The Eco Urban Lab is located at both the Georgia Tech College of Architecture and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University. It’s a real time and simultaneous operation for faculty and students from both Universities and collaborators from the world to conduct joint research, joint seminars, and joint studios.

Partnership with CEPT University

The School of City and Regional Planning has entered into a partnership with the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) in Ahmedabad, India to build on previous successful studio experiences. CEPT University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on understanding, designing, planning, constructing, and managing human habitats through traditional education and advocacy and advisory projects.

Partnership with Hanyang University

Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning and the Department of Urban Planning and Engineering at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea have partnered together with the intention to establish and to foster international cooperation in education and research.

Your Key to the World

At Georgia Tech, opportunities to reach beyond the continental United States are always available. You can explore to find the program that works best for you and your educational goals.

Modern Architecture & the Modern City

Visit the webpage for more information on this program with the School of Architecture.

UN-Habitat University Network

Visit the UN-Habitat University Network website for more details on how to get involved.


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