Global Urban Development Program

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In today‚Äôs rapid globalization, interdisciplinary collaboration between professionals, data-driven research, and holistic design will become increasingly crucial to successful project delivery. The Global Urban Development Program was created in 2011 as a project-based learning experience challenging students from different disciplines and educational backgrounds in virtual collaboration and systems thinking. In 2012, Round One brought together students from Stanford University and Ljubljana University and yielded successful urban design proposals in New York City and Hong Kong. Since the pilot, the organizing team has established GUDP as a long-term educational program at Stanford pairing students with cities on long-term urban development challenges. The ultimate goal is for GUDP to become a living laboratory where students and young professionals can collaborate and develop new ideas and tools for social impact. 

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Meeting with City of San Jose Planners in January 2016

For the 2014-2015 academic year, GUDP partnered with North American cities to challenge student teams in real-life urban development problems. Round Two, from October 2014 to April 2015, focused on Stockton, California and brought together city partners and students from Stanford, Ljubljana, and San Jose State University to strategize development solutions for the revitalization of blighted neighborhoods in South Stockton.

Round Three, from January 2015 to June 2015, focused on Juarez, Mexico and brought together city partners from various governmental and non-governmental organizations and students from Stanford, Ljubljana, Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez, and the University of Puerto Rico to strategize development solutions for Juarez.

Round Four will bring together students from Stanford and Sichuan University on a year-long research and design project. GUDP is now located within the Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford.

We are actively seeking opportunities for future rounds. Please contact us if you are a student, faculty, company, or municipality and would like to get involved. You can also read stories about us in the media.


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Client Juarez        Client IMIP       Partner Nosotros     Partner 2020


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Partner Plan        Partner Superarte


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