Research at the Department of Architecture and Planning

Research at the Department of Architecture and Planning

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The research activities aim to contribute to the development of good, comprehensive and sustainable architecture and planning through working on research topics that correspond to the areas where the institute also has teaching responsibility. The projects are here presented thematically, but many of the projects have an interdisciplinary participation.

The Department collaborates closely with other disciplines at NTNU and SINTEF, with industry, various public and private enterprises and institutions and other universities both nationally and internationally.

  • Designing and building process in a lifetime
  • Living arrangements and quality in residential environments
  • Sustainability and Energy
  • Architecture and Health
  • Property development and management
  • Local development, urban settlement and landscape planning
  • Physical Planning
  • Planning in Developing Countries
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Renewal
  • Development of planning methodologies and use of information systems (GIS)

Research News

Research News

Kick-off Climate-KIC funded FLEXI project

On 16 January, the kick-off of  the FLEXI pathfinder project took place at NTNU in Trondheim.
Partners in FLEXI are Faculty of Architecture and Design of NTNU, Asplan Viak, Trondheim Kommune, Kjeldsberg Eiendomsforvaltning, Sør-Trøndelag Fylkeskommune, Statens Vegvesen, and Miljøpakken.  FLEXI verifies the potential for  better support of complex urban (re)development processes by applying a geo-ICT and geodesign based approach, and is funded by Climate KIC, Sluppen Forum and in-kind contributions of all consortium partners.
In cities around the world, local path-breaking steps are needed to achieve the long-term goals for reduction of energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Major urban redesign and redevelopment projects can potentially realise radical reductions in energy use and emissions, but such projects are often hampered by uncertainties, risks, path dependencies, a multitude of stakeholders and hitherto slow pace of redevelopment. Current urban representation, visualisation, modelling and collaboration capabilities in ICT and the wealth of urban data offer unprecedented possibilities for simplifying and structuring redesign and redevelopment processes in cities to realize low carbon futures.
In highly complex and uncertain (re)development areas is a need for facilitation of establishment of partnerships between stakeholders with conflicting interests, of visioning based on a common operational picture, and of identification of no-regret development options, given uncertainties and risks. FLEXI explores the market potential for such geo-ICT-supported and geodesign-based approaches, which provide stakeholders with a better overview and better decision support for their prioritization of future resources.
This integrated approach to urban transitions addresses main barriers to systemic change and aligns different stakeholders (for instance municipality, real estate, land and infrastructure owners and developers, knowledge institutes, innovators), resulting in an acceleration of redevelopment (cost savings), more targeted investments by redevelopment partners, and a lower energy use and GHG emission for areas and traffic.

Judith Borsboom van Beurden and Gabriele Lobaccaro

Photo from the kick-off


Call for papers:
NTNU Sustainability Science Conference 18-20 October 2017

Research on architecture

Research on architecture

In the future, our houses will have built-in solar cells

A new EU project will provide greener cities through cheaper and simpler solar cell systems.

Living with zero emission technology

How does technology change people, and how do people change in response to technology? Sixteen people volunteered to live in a high-tech, zero-emission house to help researchers answer those excact questions.

One radiator to heat a whole floor

What happens to people's comfort level when the heating system in a super-insulated building is simplyfied by installing only one radiator per floor?