The Sustainable City - Visions and Challenges

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1TS326

Education cycle
First cycle
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 5 February 2024
Responsible department
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • give an account of concepts of sustainability in urban development,
  • give an account of the ideal city's relationship to art and the notion of beauty during different eras,
  • describe technical infrastructure, its emergence and influence in the city,
  • describe green infrastructure and its importance for the sustainable city,
  • give an account of, and discuss, the possibilities and impediments of the city to achieve urban sustainability.


Introduction to challenges linked to sustainable urban development. Historical retrospect on urban development connected to the notion of the ideal city. Use of image analysis to analyse the structure and functioning of the city, and its integration of technical and ecological systems from different eras. The emergence of technical infrastructure in the city, such as transport and energy solutions. Green infrastructure in the city and its importance for biological diversity and ecosystem services.

The course covers technical, art historical and biological perspectives on the sustainable development of the city.


Lectures, field trips, seminars and supervision of project assignment.


Written and oral presentation of project assignment and feedback on other students' project assignment (4 credits). Written assignments, active participation in seminars and field trips (3.5 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding targeted pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.