Department of Urban Design and Planning

– Research areas

Urban growth and Urban design

Some urban growth happens outside the existing urban fabric but to a large extent urban growth is the transformation of old industrial areas etc. The department has been involved with both forms of transformation in cities as well as smaller towns. In addition, the Department has a special interest in ‘Middle Land’ that is ‘plagued’ by randomly located firms, such as areas between the traditional centre and outer housing. Research themes that fall under this subject areas will also deal with densification issues and real estate development.

Development Planning

This subject area broadly consists of both societal and urban development in developing countries as well as reconstruction after war and conflict. Urban ecology, which is the central theme in this research are, has its background in territorial basis for neighbourhood development in slums and traditional societies. In addition it uses a functional approach in the study of the implications of globalisation for urban development and planning.

Landscape Planning

Landscape planning is an ecological based planning of land use where emphasis is on analysis of possibilities and limitation of the cultural and natural landscape. It deals especially with development of methods for various forms of landscape analysis, where the use of GIS is an important tool. Projects can involve large or small areas in the city and region.

Handling of Planning and Building Applications

Handling of planning and building applications deals with research about the types and elements of various plans and handling of these plans for example with respect to planning objections, experiments with new forms of participation and the relationship between people, developers, planning administration and politicians which is often termed ‘governance’.

Integrated land use and transport planning

Land use and transport are inextricably related. Objectives, structure and location of projects for office and housing development are decided on the basis of the extent of existing scope of transport links and transportation facilities. The research theme is based on location, development of methods and planning tools (for eg. ATP model), but also the organisation of implementation and planning processes.