AAR4851 - Urban Triggers


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The course will provide a general introduction to project-driven urban development: what is an Urban Trigger and how can we as architects identify, create and work on an Urban Trigger. The course is to give knowledge about the roles and the management responsibilities of the architect in an urban development project, with emphasis on the early stages of the project development. The course will introduce the current discourse on circular economy, ecology and resource systems as well as discussing the notion of intelligent systems.

Learning outcome


The students will learn the basics of writing an academic essay. This includes the research part, i.e. finding, reading and extracting the relevant information from a set of litterature. It further includes learning to distinguish between facts and opinions, building a line of arguments, using footnotes and litterary references, structuring an academic text with introduction, problem formulation, overview or status questionis, analysis and final remarks or conclusions.


The course will, through lectures, litterature and seminars provide basic knowledge about drivers and triggers of urban development: social/economical/ecological sustainability, built environment and human cognition, circular economy, systemic understanding of project development.


AAR4851 will prepare students for work in the field of urban development. The ability to assemble an overview of the complexity of an urban situation, to analyse what are its elements, what are the drivers of it, and what could trigger its development. Finally the students will learn to formulate their findings and argue for their proposals in an essay.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and workshops. Project work are accomplished individually or in groups. A voluntary study trip might be arranged. Students who decide to participate cover their own travel expenses. Students who choose not to participate in the study trip will be offered an alternative teaching activity by researching information from alternative sources during the study trip.

Further on evaluation

Grading based on submitted essay at the end of the semester.

You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic courses in architecture, bachelor in architecture or equivalent. The subject is to be taken in connection with AAR4540 Urbanism and is only open for those having that subject.

Course materials

Different course material, selected textbooks and articles.

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Design and Management
  • Architecture
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning


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