Department of Urban Design and Planning

The Department of Urban Design and Planning is one of five departments at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts. The Department’s area of academic expertise is physical planning at the local and regional level. The Department has national and international projects in research, analysis and teaching in planning with a sustainable perspective. The Department strives to develop and professionalise physical planning as an answer to local and global environmental concerns and to the challenges of poverty mitigation.

The Department’s main focus is the education in physical planning of students of architecture and civil engineering at undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. level. The Department contributes with subjects included in the Master of Architecture and the Master in Technology. The Department has in addition two of its own Master Programmes. The first, ‘Master in Physical Planning (Master i Fysisk Planlegging MiFP) is directed at students from other disciplines, who take a two year specialisation in planning in the Norwegian context. The other, ‘Master in Urban Ecological Planning’ (MUEP) deals with urban growth and the challenge of urban poverty in the developing world. This programme enrols both Norwegian and international students.

The Department works with issues that by their very nature require both inter and cross disciplinary thinking. It is our aim to strengthen this perspective. The Department is an important source for new knowledge in urban and regional planning in the national context and is working towards further developing its international cooperation through initiatives such as the recent inclusion of NTNU as a ‘Habitat University’ of the UNCHS.

The Department has the following teaching programmes:

  • Master in Architecture (5 years programme)
    Basic/ Advanced courses and Masters dissertation in Urban Design and Planning
    Specialisation in Real Estate Development and Management
  • Master in Technology (5 years programme)
    Courses for the subject area Civil and Transport Engineering and Geomatics
    Specialisation in Real Estate Development and Management
  • Master of Urban Ecological Planning (2 year programme)
  • Master in Physical Planning (2 year programme)
Workshop 1. – 3. September 2009

GETTING READY FOR LEARNING

3-day Workshop on Methods of Investigation, Project Development and Implementation. Department of Urban Design & Planning, NTNU.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH WHAT WE KNOW?

HOW DO WE LEARN FROM WHAT WE DO?

This workshop will explore how people work in the field in order to improve it. Not only uncover the needs. We have been fortunate to secure the participation Renu Khosla from India and K.A.Jayarathne from Sri Lanka.

These are seasoned professionals who have been working as planners in marginalized communities, in urban slums, in disaster areas in order to upgrade and improve their condition. Their experience and the changes that they have facilitated, have long been internationally recognized. We are indeed in for a serious learning experience.

By learning from what is practically done, the underlying strategy and its value base, and through working with two instructors we aim at getting a deeper appreciation of methods, as well as a deeper understanding of methodology in planning and implementation.

Associate Prof. Hans Skotte, Associate Prof. Rolee Aranya & Prof Hans C. Bjønnes will be in charge from the NTNU side.

The workshop is made possible through a grant from the Focus Area ‘War, Conflict and Migration’ of NTNU’s Globalization Programme.

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WHAT DO WE DO WITH WHAT WE KNOW?

* Sept. 1. whole day

Either one of the two organizes the whole day by presenting and discussing the way they approach a real world planning challenge, or the implementation of a project. Use film, group assignments, presentations, role play – whatever¿ you deem effective given the constraint of time and place

* Sept. 2. whole day

HOW DO WE LEARN FROM WHAT WE DO?

* Sept. 3. morning

Jointly make a workshop on challenges and possibilities in mainstreaming and - not least- up-scaling the approach and methods you have tried out and presented the two preceding days.

* Sept. 3. afternoon

Jaya and Renu and NTNU staff review workshop and discuss how the approaches and methods presented could inform the field courses under way in Kampala and Kathmandu.

A more detailed program will be announced at the workshop.

Due to the workshop setting, attendance is limited to students attending the MSc course in Urban Ecological Planning, Development Studies at the Geography dept. whereas others have to apply to hans.skotte@ntnu.no