LAA200 Place Development and Spatial Analysis

Credits (ECTS):15

Course responsible:Ragnhild Sletten Augustsen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Limits of class size:45

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:375 hours.

Teaching and exam period:The course is run in the autumn.

About this course

Place development is one of the most typical tasks for local politicians, planners, property developers, architects, and landscape architects. It includes building visions, strategies, and projects for local society's development. Society's spatial dimension figures strongly in place development's goal to uncover the needs and possibilities for bettering local enviornments. As such, place development is a crucial competancy in planning for sustainable development.

The course contains lectures which give an introduction to theories, methods, and tools relevant for place development in cities and rural settlements along with sustainable development at a local spatial dimension. The course's main focus is method education in mapping, analysis, scenarios, and conceptual possibility studies. Through practical groupwork, conceptual possibility studies are developed based on relationships between local and regional development tendencies in order to define goals and recommendations for future place development. The education is case-based, using a concrete area within reasonable distance from NMBU Campus Ås. The students learn to gather data from different sources: fieldwork and visit, local history, statistics, geographical information systems (GIS), policy documents, and local practitioner informants. This foundation is used to analyse how a specific place is composed (spatial structure), and how it has developed (spatial dynamics). This analysis then forms a basis for thinking in spatial scenarios, uncover possibilities, and develop local strategic visions.

The learning activites are organized through a series of project assignements for problem-based learning. These are performed individually and in groups with guidance of teachers. The students develop their communicative skills through applying different presentation- and argumentation techniques (hand drawing, maps, data visualization, diagrams, report writing, verbal and digital presentation). Colloquia and workshop activities strengthen the students skills in collaboration, interaction, understanding of roles, and constructive criticism.

The course is under development.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the students will be able to:

  • analyze and describe spatial composition at a place level
  • analyse and describe spatial dynamics in place development processes
  • collect geodata using digital tools
  • differentiate between thematic and complex, integrated analyses
  • identify relationships between complex data, theoretical abstractions, and spatial structures
  • derive spatial scenarios and uncover development potentials
  • analyse actors
  • create maps and diagrams that communicate clearly
  • recognize and visualize spatial phenomena
  • present future visions and alternatives for place development
  • present alternatives for place development in relationship to a processline.
  • reflect over limitations in methods, data, and proceedures
  • appreciate and give constructive criticism in problem-based learning processes
  • Project work (PBL) supplemented with lectures on theory and methods, literature, and site visit.
  • 30 hours of supervision are scheduled in the course.
  • LAD102, LAD103, plus basic introduction courses in urban and regional planning, landscape architecture, or property development. Basic IT knowledge in GIS and Adobe softwares is important for the course.
  • Students are evaluated as pass/fail based on their participation in the obligatory activities together with an evaluated portfolio.

    The portfolio evaluation consists of:

    - 2 individual written project assignements with illustrations of 6 pages

    - 2 drawing-based pamplets from the group projects

    All assignments must be delivered and show an understanding of the course's learning objectives in order to pass the portfolio evaluation.

  • The assignments are evaluated by an internal evaluator with a selection evaluated externally.
  • Participants in the course must expect that the teaching will occur in both English and Norwegian.
  • 90 hours including 1-day site visit and otherwise approximately 40% lectures, 50% excerices and supervision, and 10% workshops.
  • BYREG studenter har fortrinnsrett
  • The course content overlaps with LAA250. The course is an extention of previous course LAA251 (5 ECTS) and offers a preparation for APL200 (spring semester).
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