AAR6851 - Urban Trigger EVU


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

Urban development based on urban triggers evolves around existing resources and value chains and the development of these. In order for a cities development to be sustainable it must be grounded in and play on the three elements of sustainability; the natural, the economical and the social. The course does not only look into that all three elements are present, but that they also are coherent and dependent on each other.

The course do also includes what the roles of designers and city planers contain, what the original triggers for a project are, and which forces drives the urban development process.

The course is relevant for all positions related to architecture, planning, urban development, real estate and facility management and development, economics, laws and building acts etc.

Through the course, the students will interact with an international field of competence, both through literature, lectures and case studies of leading examples and projects.

Learning outcome


The student..

- have good knowledge and experience with urban development and planning

- have knowledge about urban dynamics:

what a trigger is and what it Is that drives the city and the urban development

- is familiar with and take interest in the ongoing international discussion and development within sustainable urban development and management.

- have basic knowledge about urban history and theory

- have an interest for circular economy and sustainability

- have a conscious and knowledge based relationship to urban development processes in light of climatic, social, political, demographical and democratic conditions


- is up to date in digital platforms and media

- have basic skills with digital presentation and visualisation

- can formulate both written and orally

- is open for new and other approaches to known problems

- can shift between pragmatics and abstractions


- is able to see possibilities where others see limitations, and can uncover and detect these, regardless off established norms and restrictions

- can understand, know the difference and move between focus and limited vision

- have the competence to map, understand and visualise a complex urban situation

- have both the knowledge and skills to formulate proposals for new projects based on new discoveries and conclusions

- have the ability to form, reason for and communicate a project proposal

Learning methods and activities

During the course one (1) physical gathering will be held in Oslo, lasting between one to three (1-3) days. One of the core days will be a seminar day at the Old Munch Museum (18th of October) in collaboration with Oslo Architecture Triennale. The gathering might be expanded for up to three (3) days, where the other two will contain lectures, field trips, group work, peer-review and discussions. A large degree of knowledge and experience sharing between the attendees is vital.

In addition there will be held a 12 weeks digital lecture series. These lectures will be recorded and made available for those who cannot attend in real time.

A voluntary excursion might be offered through the course. The excursion will, should it be offered, be voluntary, and most likely go to the Netherlands (or an other similar European country). The details around this will be made available upon course start. Students who participate on voluntary excursions must expect to pay an excursion fee on up to 4000,- NOK. Students who do not participate on voluntary excursions will be given an alternative educational program.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig

Further on evaluation

The final grade will be given on the basis of the final delivered project, which counts 100%.

It will be possible to work in pairs or groups for the final delivery.

There is also one (1) mandatory activity which needs to be handed in and accepted.

This activity is a project sketch or outline of the final project, which needs to be delivered before the final delivery in the course.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Continuing Courses in Planning (EVUADPLAN)
Miscellaneous Courses - Faculty of Architecture and Design (EMNE/AD)

Required previous knowledge

You must have either:

For ordinary admission

One of the following educational courses must be completed and passed

• bachelor's degree (minimum 180 credits)

• master's degree

• other degree of a minimum of 3 years

In addition, a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience is required


For admission to prior learning:

Minimum 120 credits from college / university with academic concentration and a certain number of courses at specialization level as well as long and particularly relevant work / professional experience beyond what is required for all applicants (individual assessment)

Relevant work experience means areas and occupations associated with architectural design, planning, urban and real estate development and management, finance, construction, planning and legislation, etc., from the public or private realm.

Course materials

Video lectures, lecture notes, compendium, selected books and articles. A list of literature (reading list) will be made available at course start.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Architecture and Economics
  • Architectural Theory
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning

Department with administrative responsibility
Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development


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