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Urban Design

The University of Stavanger has a research group focusing on urban design. The primary research themes explore various aspects of open public urban space with a cultural emphasis.

Sustainability and regional development - integrated land use and transport planning
The aim for studies in this subject area is to improve knowledge of the driving forces forming the urban and regional structure as well as the role of integrated land use and transport planning in the quest for environmentally sustainable urban development.

Urban structure - urban space and urban atmosphere
The aim for studies in this subject area is to develop knowledge about the built environment and the generation of local cultural expression.

Dwelling in a mobile society
The aim for studies in this subject area is to develop knowledge about neighborhood planning in relation to mobility infrastructure and the practice of daily life.

Architectural morphology - urban redevelopment and architectural heritage
The aim for studies in this subject area is to give an understanding of how the existing built environment should be preserved and renewed, ensuring sustenance of the inherent qualities of places, while allowing for development.

Urban growth and public transportation
The aim for studies in this subject area is to examine the effects of urban growth on public transportation and its ability to serve general transportation needs. Driven by the flexibility of the private car, urban land use has spread drastically during the decades following the Second World War. This development has put linear public transport in a difficult position. Renewed interest in urban life style and the need to limit the use of energy is opening a new era for public urban transportation

Societal safety - infrastructure and planning
The aim for studies in this subject area is to focus on the significance of planning and regulation in relation to societal safety. The research is related to events, strains and stresses exposed on society.

The identification of vulnerability associated with different infrastructure systems and the understanding of complex interrelations between political and environmental systems characteristic of infrastructure are two of the main emphases within the program.

The provision of infrastructure in relation to societal safety, theories of infrastructure planning in relation to land use and transport planning, ethical dimensions of planning discourse, methods to reduce and mitigate risk associated with infrastructure planning.

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The Urban Design Group also offers study programmes. For more information, visit the Urban Design Group homepage a the Department of Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning.

Urban Design

Urban design is a field of research at the University of Stavanger.