Sustainable Urbanism and Cultural Heritage (BYG215)

The course provides knowledge about how to plan for sustainable urban environments, and secure sustainable development through available land use planning tools.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course provides knowledge about Sustainable urban development in the light of the UN's sustainable development goal 11 aiming to "make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable". This SDG is pointing towards planning of urbanisations that ensures a better intergration of humans and environment in order to reduce GHG emissions and resource depletion. Aiming at more sustainable soluations requires understanding and competence about complex processes that seek solutions that safeguard both environmental, economic and social interests. This also requires and understanding of democratic decision making processes and citizen participation. Urban planners must be able to identify a place's challenges and potentials to be able to reccommend urbanisation or densification that enhances environmental quality and quality of life.

The course provides knowledge about how to plan Sustainable urban neighbourhoods in existing cultural environments. It provides experience in urban landscape analyses, principles for urban renewal, as well as urban infrastructure, spatial qualities, challenges and opportunities. This knowledge is used to make knowledge-based evauations about the conflict between conservation and transformation, as well as develop relevant planning programs/strategies, land use plans and design guidelines.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, students should have

  • Knowledge about aims and means of sustainable urban development
  • Insight into principles for government of urban development and renewal, including how urban transformation and conservation is managed
  • Knowledge about urban planning history, as well as Norwegian building traditions
  • Knowledge about the development of the existing infrastructure and building stock, and which drivers (resources, business, politics, etc.) have impacted this development. This forms a foundation for the identification of physical environments worth of preservation.
  • Insight into laws and practices of preservation of cultural heritage
  • Knowledge about planning tools (strategy, program, land use plan, guidelines/ordinances)

After completing the course, students should be able to

  • Analyse urban landscapes
  • Analyse and assess the cultural value of an urban area
  • Set appropriatte and feasible goals for sustainable development of and urban area
  • Make recommendations for preservation or development
  • Create plans (strategy, program, land use plan, guidelines/ordinances)

After completing the course, students should have general competence in

  • The principles of sustainable urban development
  • The evaluation of existing urban environments and recommendations for the sustainable development of transformation areas
  • Communicating urban analyses and strategic and physical planning on a professional level, both written, orally and graphically

Required prerequisite knowledge

BYG100 Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Recommended prerequisites

BYG105 Spatial Understanding and Urban Theory, BYG110 Urban Space, BYG120 Land Use Planning, BYG130 Road Planning


Project work and written exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work 6/10 Letter grades
Written exam 4/10 4 Hours Letter grades None permitted

The assessment in the course consists of
• Project assignment in groups, which is weighted 6/10.
• Written exam, which is weighted 4/10.

Both parts must be passed in order to receive an overall grade in the course.There is no continuation exam for the project assignment. Students who do not pass the project assignment can take this part again the next time the course has regular teaching.

Coursework requirements

Participation in the project is mandatory, and contributions to group work must be documented.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Anne Merete Skogland

Course teacher:

Daniela Müller-Eie

Study Program Director:

Ari Krisna Mawira Tarigan

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Andreas Skaare

Head of Department:

Tore Markeset

Method of work

Lectures and project supervision. Project work as group work to describe and analyze how urban development in the case study area should be governed towards sustainbility and livability. It should also be shown how these solutions must be secured through planning and regulation tools. Tutoring in groups with compulsory attendance. Contributions in the project must be documented. Individual project.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Urban Devlopment and Building Renewal (BIB640_1) 10
Building Renewal (BIB210_1) 5
Urban transformasjon (BIB480_1) 5

Open for

Civil Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
City and Regional Planning - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme. Five Years

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto