Sustainable Urban Transformation


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module addresses the ongoing transformation of the built urban environment. The focus is on how to continually develop and re-develop the built environment. The aim is to identify problems and potentials in existing built environments and to develop proposals for environmentally and socially responsible urban design strategies and proposals.

Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge on environmentally and socially sustainable urban design and the dynamics of the climate and its effects on the built environment.
  • Must be able to understand and based on research reflect on sustainable urban design methods and theories and thereby be able to identify contemporary urban design issues.
  • Must have knowledge of the fundamental principles of Problem Based Learning (PBL) as implemented in the Aalborg PBL model at the Faculty of IT and design.


  • Must master a range of urban design theories, digital and analogue tools and methods in order to develop and present an urban design proposal that integrates engineering techniques and architectural qualities into conceptual urban design.
  • Must be able to evaluate and apply sustainable urban design methods and theories as well as digital and analogue tools and engineering knowledge in order to identify site-specific analytical discoveries and urban design proposals.
  • Must be able to communicate knowledge of sustainable urban design in written, visual, spatial and verbal form to discuss and present professional insights with peers and nonprofessionals.
  • Must be able to structure project management activities based on a well-formulated problem formulation


  • Must be able to integrate technical, spatial, social, environmental and aesthetic aspects to create a sustainable urban design proposal.
  • Must independently, and in collaboration with others, be able to undertake professional responsibility and to initiate and accomplish sustainable urban design tasks.
  • Must be able to reflect on, plan and manage a study project in a PBL learning environment.

Type of instruction

Types of instruction are listed in § 17; Structure and contents of the programme.



Name of examSustainable Urban Transformation
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 titleBæredygtig urban transformation
Module codeAODUM1P201
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