Increasingly the consideration of the city and the territory as research purposes and objects of the project is acquiring higher importance, especially in order to ensure the overall objectives of quality of life, sustainable development and social cohesion that arises every advanced society. In this connection, it is also essential the formation of specialized university researchers and technicians in the discipline of the Urban and Regional Planning field.
The IUU is proposed as a research center associated with these interests, at the service of the society and the region in which it lies, at the institutional framework of the University of Valladolid.
Although the Town Planning remains today, in their academic and professional side, very linked to the architectural practice, the Institute seek to influence their necessary autonomy, promoting their guidance to both the concreteness of the own urban practice of architects and the other disciplinary bodies involved in the same, including a positive view of the territory and the problems related to the deployment of human activity on it.
In this way, the IUU opts for interdisciplinarity, although supported by the urban practice of architects, that is without forgetting its prospective roots and its proyectual or propositional nature, not only analytical, guiding the shape of the landscape.
Thus, activities developed at the IUU can be summarized as follows:
- Research projects in the field of urban and regional planning, land planning, integrating views from all those disciplinary fields that address urban and territorial issues.
- Specialized Teaching, part of postgraduate studies, aimed at the training of university researchers and specialized technicians in the area of Urban and Regional Planning, as well as the development of courses, seminars and conferences with lifelong learning character open to the public.
- Scientific technical and / or artistic works, own from the practice of urban and regional planning, always with a reflective orientation, facing the introduction of methods and of improvement factors that encourage its qualitative development. Such works will be carried out following the guidelines set out in Article 83 of the Organic Law of Universities.