Spatial planning in Europe and abroad is facing great challenges. The flow of information, goods and people is increasing and needs an improved and integrated infrastructure, which will strongly affect regional, national and cross-border agendas.

Sustainability, complex land-use and awareness of spatial quality are keywords for spatial planning on all levels. Therefore, sustainable spatial development is essential for the coming decades. Changes in climate, modes of transportation, demographics and the economic situation are important challenges for all spatially relevant actors. Land and its many uses is more than the bedrock of our country, it is the foundation for our wellbeing, prosperity and national identity. The pervasive effects of changes in land use and land management emphasise the need for developing effective future policies and strategies. Higher Education in Spatial Planning (HESP) must attract young and enthusiastic people and prepare them for solving complex problems related to this most important and limited resource.

Education has to reflect these future professional challenges. We must provide education today for the spatial planning and development tasks of tomorrow.

These and other questions will be discussed at the international symposium on Higher Education in Spatial Planning(HESP 3) at ETH Zurich on the base of draft papers of the participants of HESP 1 and HESP 2.

During HESP 2 the idea occured to have a students session. Therefore a presentation of selected studio-/projectworks of participating universities will take place as a core of the symposium.

As part of the symposium, a final draft position paper will be prepared that describes the state of higher education in spatial planning and focuses on future demands and challenges.

HESP 3 | Higher Education in Spatial Planning