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Urban Development Project 8

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Project-based course within urban development.

Learning outcome

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, 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

Command of suitable CAD & other digital presentation programs.

Recommended previous knowledge

BYG500 Urban Analysis and Planning Methods, BYG510 Placemaking


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work1/11 A - F

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Daniela Müller-Eie
Course teacher
Knut Jonas Espedal
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of 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!

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Norwegian Wood 2 (MBU120_1) 10

Open to

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

Course assessment

Project report and/or model. Project presentation and oral examination by two teachers.


Literature depends on the chosen topic and will be discussed with tutor and decided in the beginning of term. Proposal:
Carmona, M. & Tiesdell, S. (2007) Urban Design Reader. Architectural Press
Gehl, J. Byer for mennesker. Bogværket
Calthorpe, P. & Fulton, W. The Regional City. Island Press
Birch, E., ed. (2009) The Urban and Regional Planning Reader, Routledge
Hall, P. & Tewdwr-Jones, M. (2011) Urban and Regional planning, Routledge
Marcial H. Echenique, Anthony J. Hargreaves, Gordon Mitchell, and Anil Namdeo, Growing Cities Sustainably. Does Urban Form Really Matter? Journal of the American Planning Association, 78:2, 121-137
Fainstein Susan S. & Scott Campbell, eds. 2012. Readings in PLANNING THEORY. Wiley-Blackwell.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020