Urban Tranformation (BYG225)

The course will teach students how to develop an urban area and balancing different qualities, planning requirements and designing.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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Urban development and transformation of existing urban areas is very challenging, because it requires a thorough understanding of the site's history, character, function and potential. Transformation is based on sustainable concepts with a focus on reuse, durability and nature-based solutions. The student must be able to take into account different interests in the development of an area, while also taking account of existing local, regional and national planning, strategies and guidelines. The course will teach students how to develop an urban area while balancing different qualities, planning requirements and designing.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, students must have:

  • Knowledge of how the history, characteristics, functions and potential of urban spaces or urban areas are assessed
  • Understanding of framework premisses and different perspectives and interests that influence the design of urban spaces
  • Knowledge of which qualities are important in an urban area, and how they can be ensured in design
  • Understanding of prioritize different qualities, and how to create design concepts
  • Insight into user needs and different interests within an area.

After completing the course, students should be able to

  • Analysing urban areas, neighbourhoods or city centres
  • Create idea drafts and feasibility studies
  • Develop design concepts that are rooted in an analysis and describe the site's potential
  • Prepare design proposals that show an understanding of dimensions, functions and use

After completing the course, students must have a general knowledge in

  • Submission of analyses, concept and design proposals
  • Presentation of projects - verbally and graphically with drawings, physical and/or digital models as well as descriptions and illustrations

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


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Mappeevaluering 1/1 Letter grades

The assessment consists of an individual part through own analyzes and reflection tasks that count for 40%; in addition, a group assignment with a project that focuses on climate neutrality in a group must be submitted. It counts for 60%.Resit-exam option is not offered on the assessment. Students who do not pass can carry out a new assessment the next time the subject is taught in ordinary classes.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Kirsten Welschemeyer

Course teacher:

Kirsten Welschemeyer

Course teacher:

Guzman Cruz Rodriguez

Study Program Director:

Ari Krisna Mawira Tarigan

Course teacher:

Daniela Müller-Eie

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Andreas Skaare

Head of Department:

Tore Markeset

Method of work

The subject is taught using project-based teaching, guidance, inspections, exercises and group work. Participation in project and group work is mandatory, this also applies to review of projects and supervision. Approval of participation requires attendance in guidance classes and documented contribution to the project group work.

Open for

Civil Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering City and Regional Planning - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years

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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