Course syllabus

Klimatsmart arkitektur och urban design
Climate Smart Architecture and Urban Design

ABAN15, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 3
Date of Decision: 2012-04-20

General Information

Elective for: A4, MSUD1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to give students the possibility to explore how an adequate design of buildings and groups of buildings can minimize negative impact on the climate. It also aims at supporting students´ learning on how the built environment in different climates is affected by the microclimate, vegetation, orientation etc. Moreover the aim is to highlight the impact of people's attitude and behaviour towards climate and energy issues.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course deals with the relation between the built environment and climate issues on micro and macro level as well as their relation to energy use. Through creative assignments it highlights and develops the potential of renewable energy use such as solar heating, solar electricity and wind power. Using architectural tools the students will also investigate how innovative and creative urban design solutions can contribute to minimized energy use for transport and prevent negative climate impact.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: Approved project assignments and at least 80% attendance at lectures, seminars, supervised exercises and other scheduled activities.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 10.
The course overlaps following course/s: ABA002

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Erik Johansson,
Course coordinator: Bitr. univ.lektor Catharina Sternudd och,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is recommended for the master programme Sustainable Urban Design.