Urban ecological planning

Students projects and initatives

The Faculty of Architecture and Design and several other organizations at NTNU offer different funding opportunities for student initiatives. On many occasions, UEP students have been successful in accessing these funds and realizing their ideas. There are also a number of other ongoing projects at NTNU, in Trondheim and elsewhere, in which UEP students actively participated.

Live studio
Live Studio is an award winning initiative of the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, where students of architecture and planning work in collaboration with staff to implement projects of strategic spatial nature. It facilitates direct engagement in projects with clients outside of the educational institution. Every year, students involved in Live Studio implement urban interventions as well as landmark architecture and landscape projects in towns and cities in Norway and abroad. The UEP program has provided the empirical and theoretical grounding for this initiative.

ISOCARP (link to: http://isocarp.org/young-planning-professionals-programme/)
A number of former and present students and faculty members are affiliated with the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and participated in the Congresses and the Young Planning Professionals’ (YPP) Workshops, which are held annually in different cities around the world.

UEP students who have written their thesis about a topic from Latin America have been involved in the activities of the Norwegian Latin America Research Network (NorLARNet). The students presented their research progresses and results at the annual Masters Seminars in Oslo and Bergen.

Trondheim Climathon (link to: http://www.climate-kic.org/news/trondheim-climathon/)
A team of UEP students participated in and won the first prize in Trondheim Climathon in October 2016. Climathon is a 24-hours event in which participants come up with innovative ideas and solutions regarding climate change mitigation. The winning solution proposed by UEP students and the rest of their team was to implement a smart road tool system using anonymous traffic data to detect how much and where people are driving. The winning team received 20,000 NOK, coaching sessions and meetings with Trondheim Municipality to discuss the potential implementation of the proposal.

Workshop in Gdansk, Poland (pdf)
In February 2015, UEP students together with students of the Spatial Management program at the Gdansk University of Technology (Poland) organized a bilateral student workshop called “Waterfronts Re-imagined”. Participants from both universities spent four days in the Tricity region of Poland and another four days in Trondheim to look at and discuss the different ideas of planning in coastal cities and the redevelopment of post-industrial waterfront sites. The workshop consisted of site visits, work in groups and open lectures from students, academic staff and professionals. This student initiative received funding from the Faculty of Architecture and Design Student Council Funds, the UEP Committee Funds and the Gdansk University of Technology.

Architecture in Emergency Conference in Istanbul, Turkey
Two papers written by UEP students were presented at the Architecture in Emergency: Re-thinking the Refugee Crisis conference, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey in November 2016. The papers were titled: “Negotiating Space: Traces of Social integration” and “Is Trondheim accommodative for refugees’ employment?” Both papers resulted from students’ field investigation in Trondheim and particularly in Saupstad-Kolstad, a peripheral neighbourhood with the highest percentage of immigrant residents in the city.