Urban Transformation and Sustainable Engineering Techniques

2018/2019

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module addresses the transformation of the built urban environment in which the notion of the compact city is a driving force. Emphasis is on integrating engineering techniques and urban design. In this context, the focus is to identify potential in existing built environments and to employ techniques for e.g. densification, climate adaptation and social inclusivity. These will be put into perspective for developing engineering based solutions to environmentally responsible design strategies and interventions.

Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives

Knowledge

  • Must understand the dynamics of the urban climate and its effects on the built environment
  • Must have knowledge of environmentally and socially sustainable techniques for densifying the urban environment
  • Must have knowledge of potential resources in the contemporary built environment as a catalyst to finding sustainable engineering and design solutions
  • Must be knowledgeable about the fundamental principles of Problem Based Learning (PBL) as implemented in the Aalborg PBL model at the Faculty of Engineering and Science (*)

(*)To obtain the knowledge, skills and competence marked with (*) it is presupposed that students follow the course in Problem Based Learning and Project Management that the school offers all foreign students in the beginning of 1st semester.

Skills

  • Must be able to analyse and conceptualise complex urban projects and environments from a number of perspectives related to the ‘compact city’, e.g. climate adaptation and mitigation, densification, re-use, inclusivity
  • Must be able to analyse the interaction between environmental factors such as wind, water and the built environment
  • Must be able to utilise theories and methods in order to analyse and evaluate contemporary built environments and notions of ‘compact cities’
  • Must be able to develop a proposal that integrates engineering techniques with conceptual and spatial design
  • Must be able to structure project management activities based on a wellformulated problem formulation (*)

 

(*)To obtain the knowledge, skills and competence marked with (*) it is presupposed that students follow the course in Problem Based Learning and Project Management that the school offers all foreign students in the beginning of 1st semester.

Competences

  • Must be able to work with techniques for adapting to climate change in densified built environments that compile technical, spatial, social and aesthetic qualities into an integrated design solution
  • Must be able to evaluate existing situations and utilise innovative and contemporary sustainable engineering techniques in the transformation of the built environment
  • Must be able to evaluate and communicate the effects of urban transformation as environmentally and socially sustainable
  • Must be able to reflect on, plan and manage a study project in a PBL learning environment (*)

(*)To obtain the knowledge, skills and competence marked with (*) it is presupposed that students follow the course in Problem Based Learning and Project Management that the school offers all foreign students in the beginning of 1st semester.

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in the introduction to Chapter 3.

Exam

Exams

Name of examUrban Transformation and Sustainable Engineering Techniques
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
ECTS15
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Program Regulations

Facts about the module

Danish titleUrban transformation og bæredygtige teknikker
Module codeAODUPM1P17V1
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS15
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture & Design
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design