It is without a doubt that planners and planning organizations will be faced with opportunities to work in different countries, cultures, and contexts. Not only has the need for internationally experienced planners increased, but also the need for them to be able to address the local emergent issues that are rooted in internationalization and globalization.
The PSPD is responding to the challenges of the “global village” with courses that run partly or entirely abroad. These courses are as much about students learning global innovations and practices as about providing opportunities for students to study in foreign places. As respective examples of a seminar and studio: Pratt students have traveled to Brazil to consider innovative approaches to affordable housing in the New York–São Paulo Exchange; and with Indian students fleshed out the community details of a regional sustainability plan for Goa. Read more about their work on the Goa Studio Blog.
“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” —Samuel Johnson
INTERNATIONAL STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
The current list of international courses includes:
- Austria. Facilities Management.
- Copenhagen, Denmark. Placemaking and urban design
- Goa, India. Sustainable community planning
- Istanbul, Turkey. Redevelopment and justice.
- Oaxaca, Mexico. Sustainability. (In design)
- Rome, Italy. Preservation and adaptation.
- Sao Paolo, Brazil. Community innovation
- Tokyo, Japan. Urban design and placemaking
At Pratt Institute, we believe in preparing our students with not only the tools and knowledge to practice locally, but also the perspective to approach these complex issues while evaluating the milieu of local environment, equity and economics concerns. We better understand our own milieu when taken out of our comfort zone through international travel and study.