Data-Driven Co-Creation

Data-Driven Co-Creation for Urban Innovation

​​​​​​​​​​​Ålesund, Norway

This new international course, hosted at NTNU by the Smart Sustainable Cities team during the Autumn semester of 2021, will introduce students to data as a tool for citizen participation. It will involve joint lectures with four universities, a funded week-long study trip within Norway, and group projects.

News Update November 2021
​​​​​​​Students in Data-Driven Co-Creation has a stimulating field trip to Ålesund in November 2021, critically exploring the use of digital technology for co-creation in urban planning. Learn more about the trip through the eyes of two of the students in this blog!

Data-driven co-creation is the key to fostering a mutual understanding of tasks, goals and visions amongst citizens and stakeholders in municipalities. Through the course students will learn the skills necessary for developing innovative tools and methodologies for data-driven co-creation in policy formulation and decision-making processes for urban innovation.

The course starts with the joint lectures with four internationally-renowned universities: NTNU (Norway), TU Dresden (Germany), Kyushu-University (Japan), and Zhejiang University (China). Students will then attend a week-long study trip to both Ålesund and Bærum (1st-5th November) where the local municipalities are already engaging in techniques for data-driven co-creation. Students will then participate in ongoing real-life projects and will actively involve local stakeholders and residents, building on existing projects such as Ålesund's digital twin model. Through physical and digital arenas for involvement and co-creation, students will develop common goals and a mutual understanding of tasks. It will strengthen the basis for good decision-making processes with wider applicability.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, energy and mobility management, upgrading of urban spaces, the urban-rural nexus, urban (sensor) data, urban and participatory systems, and much more.

The course is open to all students at NTNU.

In order to take part, students must sign up to the course: AAR5230 - Understanding Urban Ecological Planning - self programmed and email


Contact information 

Smart Sustainable Cities
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Department of Architecture and Planning
NTNU, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Visiting address
Alfred Getz vei 3, Sentralbygg 1, Room 568



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