Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Optional for: IBYA3. Course coordinator: Johnny Åstrand,, Housing Development and Management. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: For approval of the course a minimum of 80% attendance is demanded at lectures, seminars and workshops. The student must hand in the assignments for approval and write a paper for approval. Further information: The course will be held with a minimum of ten students. Home page:

The aim of the course is to give an orientation on sustainable development with a focus on the built environment in an international perspective. The aim is to generalize and tie together knowledge from previous courses by relating issues of sustainable development to the design of the built environment.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

in writing and with references to the course literature, be able to:

describe the most important documents related to international development and poverty reduction in the built environment

describe the main features of urbanization in an international perspective

describe challenges for a sustainable, urban development.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

in drawings and with references to the course literature be able to design a building and part of a housing area on themes related to sustainable development of the built environment.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course gives an insight on sustainable development of the built environment from an international perspective with a focus on low-income groups. The course contains both literature studies and a design proposal of a building and part of a housing area.

The course provides an introduction to the global goals and strategies for a sustainable development of the built environment, such as the UN-habitat Agenda, the World Urban Forum and the Millennium Development Goals. Concepts of Urbanization, urban growth, and the distribution of the urban population in different regions of the world will be introduced. The course focuses on themes of sustainable development of the built environment related to social, environmental and economic aspects.

The course aims to analyze and interpret the design of housing and public space related to themes of sustainable development of the built environment. The following themes are included: use of public space, issues of safety and security, gender and physical planning, energy consumption and passive climatization of buildings and urban space, slum upgrading, finance for low-income housing and organized self-help housing.

Examples include projects, case-studies and research from Algeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Morocco, Nicaragua, the Philippines Sri Lanka, Sweden, South Africa, Tanzania, and Tunisia.

Tannerfeldt, G. & Ljung, P. 2006. More urban Less Poor, an introduction to urban development and management. Earthscan. ISBN-13: 978-1-84407-381-8
Mc Carney P.L. 2006. Our future: Sustainable cities - turning ideas into action, Background paper WUF3. Available from website:
Sida Policy, Fighting Poverty in an Urban World, Support to Urban Development,
United Nations Human Settlements Programme:
United Nations Millennium Development Goals:
United Nations World Urban Forum:
Building issues: