Urban Transformations and Sustainable Engineering


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module acquire the following: 

Learning objectives


  • Understanding of the dynamics of the urban climate and its effects on the built environment
  • Knowledge of environmentally and socially sustainable techniques for densifying the urban environment
  • Knowledge of potential resources in the contemporary built environment as a catalyst to finding sustainable engineering and design solutions
  • Knowledge of synergies and conflicts in climate change planning
  • Knowledge of the fundamental principles of Problem Based Learning (PBL) as implemented in the Aalborg PBL model at The Technical Faculty of IT and Design


  • Can 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
  • Can analyse the interaction between environmental factors such as wind, water and the built environment
  • Can utilise theories and methods in order to analyse and evaluate contemporary built environments and notions of ‘compact cities’
  • Can develop a proposal that integrates engineering techniques with conceptual and spatial design
  • Can structure project management activities based on a well-formulated problem formulation


  • Can 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
  • Can evaluate existing situations and utilise innovative and contemporary sustainable engineering techniques in the transformation of the built environment
  • Can evaluate and communicate the effects of urban transformation as environmentally and socially sustainable
  • Can reflect on, plan and manage a study project in a PBL learning environment

Type of instruction

Problem-based project work in groups. 



Name of examUrban Transformations and Sustainable Engineering
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 titleUrbane transformationer og bæredygtighed
Module codePGLCISK17101
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning)
Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design