The course provides a basic understanding of the city's development and sustainability with perspectives from technology, ecology and art science, including architecture and with a specific focus on technical and green infrastructure.
Through hybrid lectures and weekend excursions in Uppsala, the modern city is studied, with a focus on how the perception of the city has changed, the challenges we face and today's solutions for a sustainable built environment. Examples of current topics that are touched upon are the integration of green infrastructure, ecosystem services, transport, energy solutions and water management. In seminars, the vision of a sustainable city and the challenges and dilemmas that different solutions can entail are discussed. The course ends with an individual project where a subject from the course is studied in depth.
About the course
Introduction to challenges linked to sustainable urban development. Historical retrospect on urban development connected to the notion of the ideal city. Use of image analysis to analyse the structure and functioning of the city, and its integration of technical and ecological systems from different eras. The emergence of technical infrastructure in the city, such as transport and energy solutions. Green infrastructure in the city and its importance for biological diversity and ecosystem services.
The course covers technical, art historical and biological perspectives on the sustainable development of the city.
On completion of the course, students should be able to:
- give an account of concepts of sustainability in urban development,
- give an account of the ideal city's relationship to art and the notion of beauty during different eras,
- describe technical infrastructure, its emergence and influence in the city,
- describe green infrastructure and its importance for the sustainable city,
- give an account of, and discuss, the possibilities and impediments of the city to achieve urban sustainability.
Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Written presentation of project assignment (4 credits). Written assignments, active participation in seminars and field trips (3.5 credits).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding targeted pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.
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How to apply?
Entry requirements: General entry requirements for higher education
This course is open for application for students from all nine ENLIGHT universities.
Students from Uppsala University: Students from Uppsala University have to apply by April 15 2023 using the national application service antagning.se.
Students from all other ENLIGHT partner universities: Please apply by 15 April 2023 via your home university’s ENLIGHT coordinator.
Recruitment and selection of students from each of the nine ENLIGHT partner universities will be carried out by each of the institutions themselves taking into account that participants should meet the requirements.
During the programme, all students will be enrolled at Uppsala University as exchange students.
For info and application, please contact the general ENLIGHT email address of your home institutions.