AG2805 Sustainable Planning and Design 15.0 credits

Planering och design för hållbar stadsutveckling

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The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to explore and understand urban sustainable development in the context of planning and design and to indicate how its practice can be improved.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • summarise, compare and critically discuss definitions of sustainable development and urban sustainable development,
  • identify and apply planning and design methodologies that contribute to urban sustainable development, including tools for assessment
  • identify main characteristics of different city districts and analyse these in relation to urban sustainable development,
  • identify and characterise main actors of urban sustainable development,
  • creatively explore and critically analyse how planning and design can contribute to urban sustainable development of a city such as Stockholm– in short and long time perspectives,
  • present proposals and analyses as text, drawings and/or illustrations as well as orally.

Course main content

The teaching and exercises cover the following topics:

  1. The concept of urban sustainable development
    What is the challenge of urban sustainable development? We explore its ecological, social, institutional and economic aspects. We also study differences between its policy, science and planning documents.
  2. Urban sustainable development in a Stockholm perspective
    We analyse and compare the urban structures and the urban life of areas from different epochs, based on observation,historical documents etc. We relate findings to urban sustainable development. 
  3. The outcomes of planning and design
    What if urban sustainable development were on top of the agenda? How could plans and designs best address the challenge? What important sustainability aspects cannot be addressed? We work in projects or studios, supported by lectures, seminars and reading.
  4. The process of planning and design
    In order to efficiently address urban sustainable development, planners and designers need to involve other actors – politicians, officials, consultants, developers, contractors, other organizations, as well as the citizens. In a role game based on previous work in the course, we display and analyse these actors and their different approaches to urban sustainable development.


A Bacherlor's degree in architecture or landscape architecture, civil engineering in the built environment or equivalent, urban and regional planning or social sciences, including at least 30 ECTS in the field of urban, transport or regional planning and economy, geoinformatics or environmental sciences.


Beslutas senare


  • PRO1 - Project and Studio Work, 6.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEMB - Methods, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • SEMC - Seminars and Exercises, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1; 3 cr),
Seminars and written exercises (SEM1; 3 cr),
Seminars and exercises (SEM2; 3 cr),
Project and studio work (PRO1; 6 cr)

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering


Mattias Höjer <>

Supplementary information

THSSM1 mandatory, THSUM1 recommended


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2018.