Placemaking (BYG510)

Urban redevelopment operations are complex endeavours undertaken by multidisciplinary teams through lengthy processes. The course focuses on the physical aspects (the urban design component), dealing with changes in the public space structure and in the built stock to replace or complement former functions. The course prepares the student to deal with such issues both as part of a municipal planning office or as part of a private consulting firm

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


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Planning in developed areas/existing environments is a complex and multidisciplinary task. The course deals with planning and renewal of areas in existing cities and towns. The course studies the aesthetic, technical and functional aspects of planning, programming and implementing of projects in the public or private sector.

Learning outcome

The goal is to create a basic understanding of place-making in urban areas in terms of:

1. To gain abilities in design thinking in urban design

2. Land use integration between different zones are formally expressed in plans and projects regarding the interaction of multiple elements (Traffic, streets, green structure, parks, construction, housing, recreation, and commercial areas)

3. Obtaining relevant data, background information and analyzes to support the identification of opportunities and challenges.

4. Design of proposals for different stages of urban development. Conceptual studies, basic ideas, development and zoning plans, as well as guidelines and design catalogues.

5. To develop knowledge and critical thinking about urban design and planning, a conscious attitude about the purpose of planning decisions.

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Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written report 1/1 Letter grades

Coursework requirements

Compulsory attendance at lectures and participation in studio work

The submission to the course consists of the design of a large-scale urban design project, developed through several stages before the final project presentation. Given the quantity and complexity of the task, group work is the norm. Each of the steps is evaluated separately, and the compendium of these evaluations (portfolio evaluation) is assessed as approved/not approved. The approval requires the completion of a set of minimum criteria for each stage (such as participation in workshops, carrying out activities, elaboration of analyzes, exploratory models, plans and public presentations of the process to the group). The final grade is based on the production of a written report documenting the process and presenting the final proposals. The report has the form of a digital booklet in which sketches, maps, plans, sections, perspectives, and other digital instruments are used to illustrate both the processes and the final proposals. Students who fail all or part of the course, or who want to improve their grades, must retake the entire course.

Compulsory attendance at lectures and studio work. The student will not get evaluation with less than 80 % attendance.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Andreas Skaare

Course teacher:

Guzman Cruz Rodriguez

Head of Department:

Tore Markeset

Method of work

Supervised project work with presentations and reviews. Participation in the project is mandatory.

Open for

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology City and Regional Planning - Master of Science City and Regional Planning - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

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.


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