Urban Transformation and Sustainable Engineering Techniques


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

A BSc degree (Bachelor) in Architecture and Design or similar

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


  • 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 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 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

Type of instruction

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



Name of examUrban Transformation and Sustainable Engineering Techniques
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleUrban transformation og bæredygtige teknikker
Module codeAODUTM1P151
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture & Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design