Sustainable City Regions (BYG610)

Sustainable city regions in times of possible climate change is the topic of this course. The driving forces behind changes in settlement structures, the location of homes and jobs, and land use and transport are studied. What are the problems and challenges? What role has land use and transport planning in the city regional development?

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Regional processes tied to the technological, social and demographic changes are treated under the perspective of sustainable development. Topics are urbanization, sprawl, environmental problems and measures to combat such problems. Theories on regional changes, driving forces and urbanization processes and the move towards public private

Partnerships in planning are dealt with. Strategic planning and processes on the city and regional levels, and integrated land use and transport planning are important themes.

Learning outcome

The course shall give the students insight into the city regional development processes, the methods for analysis and knowledge about tools to generate more robust and sustainable cities. The course will give theoretical background and methodological skills to on a strategic level work with regional processes within land use and transport development, and the localization of homes, jobs, etc. The aim is to give the students insight in strategic spatial planning as a tool to improve the environment, reduce climate emissions and increase sustainability. They will develop a critical perspective on the city regional development and understanding of which groups that lose and which gain from that.

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Assessment, Oral Presentation and Report

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Assessments 1/4 Letter grades All
Oral examination 1/4 Letter grades All
Report 2/4 Letter grades All

The course has a continuous assessment. All parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course.The report is based on group work, and the oral presentation is related to the report. Both of these parts must be passed within the same semester. This also applies if a students want to improve the grade by re-submission.The assignment is individual. There is no re-sit possibilities for either of the assessment parts. Students that wish to improve their results may do so the next time the course is given.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

David Chapman

Course coordinator:

David Chapman

Course teacher:

Daniela Müller-Eie

Head of Department:

Tore Markeset

Course teacher:

Anders Langeland

Method of work

Project based teaching treat real life problems and challenges for city regions, lectures, group work and workshops.

Open for

Students who fulfill admission requirements for master of city and regional planning.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union 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 subject 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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