Course syllabus

Klimatsmart arkitektur och urban design
Climate Smart Architecture and Urban Design

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

Valid for: 2019/20
Decided by: PLED A
Date of Decision: 2018-12-07

General Information

Elective Compulsory for: MSUD1, MARK1-aad, MARK1-hsu, MARK1-spe
Elective for: A4
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 building and urban design 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 support the students’ learning on how building and urban design affect energy use and daylight in buildings. 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 ways to enhance microclimate as well as the potential of renewable energy use such as solar heating and electricity. The course also deals with energy use and daylight conditions in buildings. Using architectural tools, the students will also investigate how innovative and creative urban design solutions can contribute to minimized energy use and prevent negative climate impact.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Approved project assignments, active participation at seminars and at least 80% attendance at lectures, supervised exercises and other scheduled activities.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 12.
The course overlaps following course/s: ABA002

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Erik Johansson,
Teacher: Marie-Claude Dubois,
Course coordinator: Louise Lövenstierne,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is recommended for the master programme Sustainable Urban Design.