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Urban development design 1 BYG260

Project-based course within urban development.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Semester tution start


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

Offered by

Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Safety, Economics and Planning

Learning outcome

After the course the student should (depending on the subject) have

  • Knowledge about principles for analysis of urban situations (building, urban space, city, region)
  • Understanding of spatial qualities, and how the physical environment generates atmosphere
  • Insight into basic use needs
  • Understanding of how changes in society lead to changes in building conventions, living environment, transport, greenbelt protection, societal safety, climate, etc.

After the course the student should (depending on the subject) be able to

  • Do spatial analyses relevant to the topic
  • Develop and review given building and planning programs as basis for a design
  • Apply relevant methods for idea development and the organisation of form and function
  • Produce balanced land use and transport plans and evaluate such plans on a strategic level

After the course the student should (depending on the subject) have general knowledge regarding

  • The development and implementation of a given project
  • The in-depth study of a given topic
  • The Independent execution of theoretical and creative project work
  • The presentation of urban projects in a convincing and professional manner through sketches/drawing/illustrations, text, physical/virtual modelling

The course is project-based and deals with topics within urban development, planning and design. During the course, the student goes through extensive work with investigating, analysing and shaping the urban environment on different scales, depending on with subject area is chosen. The course is meant to give the student the opportunity to thoroughly explore a subject regarding building, urban spaces, cities and regions.

Possible subject for the course are (but are not limited to)

  • Urban Open Spaces
  • Norwegian Wood
  • International urban development project (e.g. Copenhagen)

The subject and project depend on availability of tutors.

Required prerequisite knowledge
BYG105 Spatial understanding and urban theory, BYG110 Urban Space, ING110 Engineering Course introduction - Construction
Recommended prerequisites
Experience in planning and design on an urban scale.
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Prosjektarbeid 1/1 1 Semesters A - F

The course is based on project work. The scope of the work will be agreed with the teacher at the start according to the chosen theme. The course will be graded by two teachers based on the handed in project work.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Fabio Alberto Hernandez Palacio
Head of Department: Tore Markeset
Method of work

Project work with tutoring and various forms of presentation of concluded work during the term. NB! An agreement must be made with the faculty for tutoring before registration!

Students, in agreement with the teacher, have to develop their own work plan at the beginning of the semester. This plan should have several phases, and in each of them, some form of report or progress of the project that allows monitoring progress should be developed. Compliance with this plan by at least 75% will be necessary for the student to submit the final report.

Open for
Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme City and Regional Planning - Master's Degree Programme Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science- Master's Degree Programme - 5 years
Course assessment
The course is developed through several stages where the students are required to complete reports and preliminary proposals for the project using drawings and models. In each of the stages, the student received feedback and guidance which do not count towards the final grade but is evaluated as approved / not approved. The final presentation, which consists of a booklet describing the process and the project proposal, is the only basis for the final grade.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto