Study year 2

Master's Programme, Sustainable Urban Transition, 120 credits (THSUM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2015

The following courses are part of study year two.

The course application codes and study periods are valid for the academic year 2016/2017. For other academic years, different application codes and study periods may apply.

General

Students who apply to the masters program Sustainable Urban Transitions at KTH will start their first year of studies (60 ECTS) in the Track Urban Regional Transitions at KTH and continue at either DTU or Aalto University to complete their second year of studies (60 ECTS), including a 30 ECTS degree project.

Year 2 at DTU:

42273 Urban Planning and Sustainable Urban Development, 10 ECTS  http://www.kurser.dtu.dk/42273.aspx?menulanguage=en-gb

42278 Urban Technology and Management, 10 ECTS       http://www.kurser.dtu.dk/42278.apx?menulanguage=en-gb

42543 Management of Change, 5 ECTS     http://www.kurser.dtu.dk/42543.aspx?menulanguage=en-gb

42401Introduction to Planning, 5 ECTS      http://www.kurser.dtu.dk/42401.aspx?menulanguage=en-gb

Degree Project  30 ECTS

Year 2 at Aalto University:

Urban Laboratory (mandatory) 20 ECTS    Not available

A-36.3330 Urban Renewal, 10 ECTS     https://noppa.aalto.fi/noppa/kurssi/a-36.3330/esite

A-36.3504 City in Transition Theory, 5 ECTS      https://noppa.aalto.fi/noppa/kurssi/a-36.3504/esite

Maa-20.3510   Strategic Urban and Regional Planning, 4 ECTS     https://noppa.aalto.fi/noppa/kurssi/maa-20.3510/esite

21E10000 How to Change the World: Innovation towards Sustainability, 6 ECTS  https://noppa.aalto.fi/noppa/kurssi/21e10000/esite

10157 Designing Services, 12 ECTS     https://noppa.aalto.fi/noppa/kurssi/10157/esite

21A00310 Introduction to Management, 6 ECTS      https://noppa.aalto.fi/noppa/kurssi/21a00310/esite

Ene-59.4301 Energy Systems for Communities, 5 ECTS     https://noppa.aalto.fi/noppa/kurssi/ene-59.4301/esite

Degree Project

* Students who apply to the masters program Sustainable Urban Transitions at KTH will start their first year of studies (60 ECTS) in the Transition of Urban Structures (TRUST) at NTNU and continue at KTH to complete their second year of studies (60 ECTS), including a 30 ECTS degree project.

Appendix 2: Specialisations

Urban Regional Transitions – UR Trans (KTH, DTU/Aalto University)

During previous decades regions are becoming more important objects of planning, not only to strengthen the region but also to support the individual cities within the region. However, the regions’ significance and focus in planning differ from case to case. In a global context, major metropolitan regions (e.g. London, Shanghai, New York, Singapore, and Dubai) are competing with each other in creating favourable conditions for business and industries. On the other hand, regional development is often discussed at the European and national level, as art of a strategy to counteract the impacts of depopulation, unemployment and the lack of services in rural areas.

Competitive regions consist normally of one or more cities, which with collaborative efforts are able to offer an attractive environment for living and economic activities. Through the integration of culture, education and retail, and by effective transportation networks, these regions cater diversified services for their residents and generate synergies which can attract new investments to the region. However, being successful at the regional level also requires achievements at the local level to create living conditions that allow sustainable socio-ecological development.

Transition of Urban Structures – TRUST (NTNU, KTH/DTU)

The dramatic growth and transformation of urban areas represent major global environmental challenges and affects important factors of living conditions. If we are to meet these challenges and plan for sustainable urban development, we must develop new planning strategies, methods and tools for sustainable urban development. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the urban environment and citizen’s living conditions, the urban structure including the infrastructure, land use and transportation pattern must be reconsidered. A great challenge to urban development is to design the urban structure in a way that reduces the cities’ ecological footprint. This often means a long-term change of the

urban structure, the land use, the transportation system and the infrastructure.

In future cities new development should take place mainly within the existing building zone through conversion and densification without compromising existing qualities of the city. City reconstruction will be the future predominant way to build a city, where development of a city's land use, transportation system and infrastructure will require relocation of the businesses in town. The principle of establishing the right business at the right place must be followed.

In this study track we will deal with how these challenges best can be solved in an integrated planning process where land use, public transport, car traffic and infrastructure are seen together in relation to the development of the urban structure location of transport nodes, the density of the development and the design.

The perspective in this study track is the urban structure and how organising the land use, the public transport system, the pedestrian and bicycle routes, the car traffic and the distribution of power and water system influences the ecological footprint of the cities. We will have focus on how to strive for carbon-neutral cities by improving eco efficiency in the urban structure, developing sustainable transport, developing and using renewal energy and develop well planned and organized neighbourhoods with high quality of life and increasing sense of place.

By utilizing high academic competence by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) this study track will give an outstanding multidisciplinary competence of high international level in sustainable urban planning with focus on urban infrastructure.