The course is project-based and deals with advanced topics within urban development, planning and design and conducting in-depth studies of a relevant topic. During the course, the student goes through extensive work with investigating, analysing and shaping an urban environment on different scales, or investigating a conceptual of theoretical research problem with the help of relevant scientific and planning methods. The course is meant to give the student the opportunity to thoroughly explore a subject regarding building, urban spaces, cities and regions., mobility and energy concepts.
The course can bu used a preparation for the master thesis/project.
The subject and project depend on availability of tutors.
After the course the student should (depending on the subject) have
Knowledge about scientific analysis and planning methods for the urban environment
Understanding of and ability to interpret spatial qualities, local culture and identity
Insight in user needs and social structures
Understanding of how changes in society lead to changes in building conventions, living environment, transport, energy solutions, 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 building and planning programs as basis for a design
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
Development and implementation of a given project
In-depth study of a given topic
Independent execution of theoretical and creative project work
Presentation of urban projects in a convincing and professional manner through sketches/drawing/illustrations, text, physical/virtual modelling
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
Project assigment and presentation
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 the subject teacher based on the handed in project work.
Independent study and project work (individually or in groups) with tutoring. NB! The availability of tutors needs to be clarified with the responsible teachers 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.
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.