Global Challenges and Urban Technologies


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The student must have knowledge, skills and competencies within the urban design and engineering field corresponding to the completion of the MSc01 and MSc02 Urban Design Engineering education

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The objective of this module is to address the challenges affecting contemporary global societies and environments in a technical, critical and reflective manner. This is achieved through the identification and selection of a physical problem within a global perspective, registration and mapping of the existing situation and the subsequent analytical and technical assessment of the situation and utilisation of empirical case studies. Further this module creates an understanding of these challenges as design challenges solvable by the proposal of strategies that integrate technical solutions with aesthetic practices and that develop a holistic approach to urban problem-solving in a global context.

Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge about the technical and design based problems facing contemporary global societies and urban environments
  • Must be able to understand a local problem in their global context
  • Must have knowledge of methods for the attainment of data and information regarding the identified problem
  • Must have knowledge of empirical cases that illuminate the given problem from both technical and design based angles


  • Must be able to identify a global challenge and relate it to specific challenges in the built environment
  • Must be able to identify technical solutions and work with and develop form and space as integral elements in the adaptation of technical solutions
  • Must be able to apply technical and analytical methods to extract data and amass critical information regarding the chosen locality and nature of the identified problem
  • Must be able to evaluate the quality of the proposed solutions as experiential realities


  • Must be able to critically assess and synthesise gathered registration and case study material from both a technical and design based perspective
  • Must be able to implement the synthesised information into the development of conceptual and spatial strategies
  • Must be able to integrate technical and aesthetic factors into a holistic approach
  • Must be able to communicate the technical and aesthetic elements of the proposal as a spatially understood reality

Type of instruction

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



Name of examGlobal Challenges and Urban Technologies
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 titleGlobale udfordringer og urbane teknologier
Module codeAODUPM3P17V3
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture and Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design