Prof. dr Nada Lazarević Bajec

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Learning Across Disciplines

A single-discipline approach prevalent in university education cannot cope with wicked problems common in applied disciplines, such as urban planning. A broader, transdisciplinary approach is needed in understanding and addressing what are basically social problems which require various definitions, innovative approaches and wider knowledge. Urban planning is always faced with new challenges which require modifications to the approach and broadening the list of research areas. Bracing for challenges such as transition, global competition, poverty, segregation, climate change, energy efficiency… brings us to the issue of learning: how to educate students, how to establish adequate research approaches, methodologies, a problem-solving framework, how to capacitate students for continuous learning? In post-socialist countries, the traditional position of urban planning within schools of architecture which firmly advocate for a single-discipline, physical approach to social problems adds to the difficulty of the task.