Three KTH students got to work directly with Gothenburg city officials and planning experts in October during an intensive course in sustainable urban planning for students from across the Nordic countries, which was offered in Gothenburg by the Nordic Sustainable Campus Network.
The organizers invited 20 students from five Nordic countries to participate in the multidisciplinary event, which was all-expense paid for each student. The students, from the disciplines of urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, sustainable energy engineering, global health and social sciences, were divided up into teams to compete for the best planning case for redevelopment of Gothenburg’s Lindholmen area.
Linus Olausson, a student in sustainable power generation at KTH was on the winning team, along with students from Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Also joining Olausson on the course were KTH students, Joanna Saber (sustainable urban planning and design) and Alexander Boley (sustainable energy engineering).
The course highlighted the social-ecological approach of urban planning.
“I could compare this event with my master studies on sustainable urban planning and design at KTH, due to our class being made up of students from all over the world, with different backgrounds,” Saber says. “It offers a broad knowledge perspective when students from universities all over Scandinavia are participating.”
Saber adds that the cross-disciplinary make-up of the teams also enriched the experience, a view shared by classmate Boley. “I understood how important different viewpoints are when working on a problem, as everyone with different educational background sees it differently,” Boley says.
“It’s always a good and fun way to work, when you have to take into account other factors that you normally wouldn’t,” Saber says.
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