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Sustainable Urban Planning Charette in Response to a Changing Climate, Sea Level Rise - Mitigation, Management and Planning in Reykjavik, Iceland

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NOVA master's course of 6 ECTS, organised by Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir, Associate Professor, Agricultural University of Iceland.
Course dates and location: 8-16 Aug. 2019, in Hvanneyri and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Course Description
Urban adaptation is an increasingly critical area of examination in light of emerging environmental challenges. Discussing mitigation and urban design solutions to cope with the consequences of climate change. The aim of the charrette is to provide students with hands-on experience on the challenges that Reykjavík is facing in regards to sea level rise. The AUI charrette deals with an architectural, planning or urban design problem of civic importance, lead by a design professional, working on a selected problem. The goal of the process is to put forth feasible and creative solutions to real problems for actual clients, as opposed to solving theoretical or academic problems.

Through collaborative sessions the students drafts a solution to an urban design and planning problem. In order to solve the problem the students need to use multi-disciplinary tasks. The AUI charrette takes place in multiple sessions in which the group is divided into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for future dialogue. In this way the students learn to quickly generate a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people. At the conclusion of the charrette the team turns its proposed solution in to the jury of the planning competition which finally presents it to large audience of planning professionals, business and civic leaders as well as faculty members and students.

The students will work out drafts and proposals for a changing planning approach with regards to rising sea level. Scope of the project is the metropolitan area of Reykjavík, zooming in downtown Reykjavík. Applicability for other Nordic cities will be taken into consideration.

Programme Outline

  • Arrival in Reykjavík; Check in KEX-Hostel
  • 8 Aug..: Lectures at Keldnaholt Campus, Reykjavík
  • 9 Aug.: Lectures at Keldnaholt Campus, Reykjavík
  • 10 Aug.: Excursions Reykjavík City
  • 11 Aug.:: Reykjavík
  • 12 – 16 Aug.: Morning Transfer to rural Hvanneyri Campus (Check in Student Housing) Urban Planning Charrette, Hvanneyri: information sharing, iterative design proposals, presentations, input lectures, feedback and revisions
  • 16 Aug.: Morning transfer to Reykjavík. Final presentation (public) in Reykjavík. 16:00 End of the course

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge of global warming and future challenges in the Nordic countries. Critical awareness of mitigation, management and urban design solutions. Multidisciplinary approach and cooperation in order to integrate knowledge from different fields in order to set forward new strategic approaches. The result will be contributing to professional knowledge and practice on the early Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavík. The project will give the students experience in map presentation, communicating ideas in writing, model making and in using computer software (e.g. CAD and SketchUp etc).

Evaluation Elements
Evaluation (pass/fail) will be based on course participation and the final presentation.

Pedagogical Approach
Urban Planning Charrette include lectures, group work, workshops, presentations and guided excursions.

Estimated Workload

  • 101 hours seminar
  • 20 hours lecture
  • 54 hours independent work
  • 12 hours field trip
  • 15 hours review of student work

Prerequisite Knowledge
B.Sc in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or similar

Admission for NOVA courses is handled by the course organiser/ the NOVA member institution organising the course. Please see the links in the margin for more information.

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Please see here for detailed information on costs for attending the course.

Published 25. January 2019 - 11:18 - Updated 23. April 2019 - 11:28