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Welcome to the course Sustainable Planning and Design!

AG2805 Sustainable Planning and Design is a 15.0 credit fulltime course, functioning as an introduction to the master’s programme Sustainable Urban Planning and Design (SUPD). The course (as well as the program) is interdisciplinary in its nature, aiming to introduce students with backgrounds in different types of engineering, architecture, planning, environmental and social science and the humanities, to each others way of seeing, thinking and doing sustainable urban development. The course also aims at supporting the students to reflect on the relationship between, on the one hand, sustainable urban development, and, on the other hand, sustainable development in general, or at a regional, national or global scale, but also to turn these insights into actionable knowledge.

Please consult the course plan to see the intended learning outcomes, admission requirements etc.

The course is divided into four main parts:

  • Part 1 - Pre, present, post-Stockholm

Part 1 is a small project work, carried out in groups, in which students are asked to identify key characteristics and sustainability issues of a specific city district, suggest concrete proposals for how planning and design could deal with these issues, and identify key stakeholders. The project work is presented orally at a final critique, and written in terms of a PowerPoint presentation.

  • Part 2 - Methods of planning and design for sustainable urban development

Part 2 comprises a series of lectures, exercises and seminars introducing a selection of methods for planning and design. The idea behind this is to provide an opportunity for students to try out methods from different disciplines, and gain a better understanding of the strengths and drawbacks of these. Each method is introduced by a short lecture, after which the students apply the method through an exercise in smaller groups. The exercise is to be reported in individual ‘lab-reports’. The lab-reports are not assessed, but function as a basis for peer-to-peer learning, and as preparation for the individual essay by which this part is examined.

  • Part 3 - Project Work Sustainable City District

Part 3 comprise a larger project work in which students are to develop a planning and design proposal that, if implemented, would substantially contribute to an increased sustainability of an urban area. The project work is divided into four main phases, each of which comprise about five working days: 1) Establishing the baseline and formulating the aim; 2) Identifying solutions and alternatives; 3) Crafting the proposal; and 4) Finalising and revising. For each of the phases a tutoring and peer-review session provides feedback. The project work is presented orally at a final critique, as well as in a poster exhibition, typically placed in the area the course has been working with and opened by a vernissage to which local actors are invited.

  • Part 4 - Reflective essay 

Part 4 comprises a home exam which asks the student to describe, compare and critically discuss definitions of sustainable urban development and sustainable development, and how they relate to each other. Students are also asked to reflect on the project work, with a focus on identifying strengths and weaknesses in relation to a number of predefined themes/focal points.

Full-time studies

Please note that the course runs full-time during period 1, in the fall semester. The course is intense and practice-based and includes several mandatory exercises and tutoring sessions, implying that there are very limited possibilities for holiday trips during the course. As a student, it is your responsibility to make sure that any travelling plans of yours are compatible with the schedule and the course demands. 

Disabilities? (Funka)

If you have a disability and need special facilities or support measures to follow this course, please contact the “Funka” coordinators via You find more information here: 

It is also important that you immediately, no later than the beginning of the course, contact the course responsible teachers and provide information on your needs, and, if necessary a certificate from KTH Funka coordinators. This must be done in order for us to take into account your specific needs.

Course registration

Students must register for the course. If you are not registered, you are not allowed to attend the course and your grades will not be reported. Registration is possible only after you have applied and been admitted to the course. Program students who have not applied when the course starts must contact their student counsellor or program coordinator. This is your own responsibility and cannot be arranged by the course coordinator.

Please register on-line for the course through My Pages -> Courses –> Registrations –> Web registration. You will immediately see in your personal menu when you have registered successfully. If you encounter any problems when registering, please contact the education office (Teknikringen 74).


Should you have any questions you are most welcome to contact us. 

Best regards,
Greger Henriksson and Pernilla Hagbert
course responsible teachers


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