AG2141 Urban Infrastructure 7.5 credits

Urban Infrastructure

Comprehensive planning for sustainability with special regard to infrastructure for transportation, energy, water and sewage and, waste disposal.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge on the functions, dynamics and interactions of urban infrastructure systems. After fulfilling the course requirements students should:

  • Be conversant in a range of theories addressing technology, society, and urban development;

  • Recognise and appreciate the relational and spatial aspects of urban infrastructure development; and

  • Have the ability to apply analytical skills to critically assess infrastructure networks in terms of sustainability, liveability, and resilience.

Course main content

Contemporary cities are supported by a diverse range of infrastructure networks including energy, water, wastewater, transportation, and communications. These networks are traditionally defined by their technical and economic characteristics but they also have significant (and often unappreciated) spatial, political, and cultural implications. Today, the upgrading and reimagining of infrastructure services is central to notions of sustainability, resilience, economic prosperity, and improved quality of life.

This course provides an opportunity for students to study the co-evolution of technology and cities using theories and case studies from urban history, science & technology studies, urban geography, planning, and architecture. The course explores historical and theoretical ideas about cities and infrastructure as well as contemporary issues that address infrastructure trends and debates. The course also provides students with the opportunity to develop research skills to study infrastructure networks. The knowledge and skills taught in this course will allow students to develop a critical perspective on technology and society as it relates to cities of the past, present, and future.

The course consists of lectures, a literature seminar and group work in which students will prepare a paper that examines a specific urban infrastructure system.


3 years of university studies within the field of Planning, Architecture, Engineering or Social Science.

For independent applicants: 150 credits including 30 credits in Architecture, Planning or Civil Engineering and English B.


The course readings will be comprised of key publications on urban infrastructure.


  • NÄR1 - Lectures, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises/Excursions, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • NÄR1 - Lectures, 1,5 credits, grade scale: P, F

  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

  • ÖVN1 - Exercises/Excursions, 3,0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

To receive a passing grade, students need to:

  • Attend 75 percent of the lectures and participate in the literature seminar and the study visit (1,5 credits)

  • Participate in and contribute to the group work that involves the writing and presentation of a paper (3 credits)

  • Pass the written exam (3 credits)

Offered by

ABE/Urban and Regional Studies


Peter Brokking,, Tel. 08-7909270


Andrew Karvonen <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.