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60 413 Community engagement linked to territories in transformation and Nature-Based Solutions

Full course name in English: 
Community engagement linked to territories in transformation and Nature-Based Solutions
60 413
Syklus 2
2022 Vår
2022 Vår
Karin Helms
Miguel Hernandez Quintanilla
Elisabeth Ulrika Sjødahl

Admission to AHO and successful completion of 180 ECTS foundation level studies. The course is open to students in landscape architecture, architecture and Design. 


Om emnet

The elective investigates the first steps in designing with and for communities living in territories on risk, particularly as it relates to the problem of climate change adaptation and resilience.

The course will explore the different public participatory interdisciplinary methods that AHO and other disciplines can offer students to explore large scale landscapes in transformation.


We will explore:

- the innovative Systems Oriented Design, (SOD), a skill-based methodology to understand, interact with, and design complex systems thanks to Gigamapping which allows for the collection, analyse and interpretation of information, actors, entities, across the large data system.

- public participation method for large scale landscapes, modes of doing with locals to anticipate future changes, transformations, acceptance of disappearances, and the integration of new artefacts in large landscapes. Proposals of tools to act with locals.

- In risk landscapes, locals need to anticipate possible transfer of activities over to new settlements. Buildings need to be moved and new architectures have to be set up in the cultural landscape. We will explore methods that architects use to act with and for the community.


The elective offers a lecture serie, understanding the stakeholders involvement, community attitudes and value engaging case studies sites. Understand policy makers and local community roles as well as the role of the designers and the time line of such mode of acting.


The elective will take benefit from an ongoing research project NATURACT, a Nature-based solution project for climate change adaptation in the municipalities of Aurland, Mesna and Hølenselva. The researchers and stakeholders from these municipalities will take part in the elective. NATURACT engages five Norwegian research organisations representing the natural sciences, (NGI and NORCE) the social
sciences (NTNU and AHO) and the humanities (NIKU). 


Knowledges/ Competences:


At the end of the course the student will have acquired the knowledge of a vocabulary related to community engagement, understand the different methods and tools through scale: Gigamappings, large-scale landscape transformation understandings and local scale for new housing or settlements. 

The aim of the elective is to give in-depth knowledge theory on the different methods in community participation, understand  planning for people; public participation, community engagement for those living in larger landscapes on risk due to climate change.

The course will be subdivided in three steps linked to the different field in design: Design, landscape and architect, each step will have lectures from specialist and interventions of stakeholders.

The elective will address the following themes and methods from design, architecture, planning and sociology:

SOD Gigamapping methods 
reflexivity and involvement in design processes 
design-built projects
analysis of community and designer's role in community participatory projects 

collaboration in small towns/ societies

urban quarters and co-creation
large scale territorial participation
participation in urban and architectural projects 



On completion of this elective course, the student will be able to

Research precedents in participatory actions and articulate them in large -scale territorial scales.

Apply and transfer in design projects principles derived from precedents and from theoretical back grounds to the development of future projects.

To relate individual and specific design decisions to wider contexts and concerns of landscape , architecture and design fields.

The General competence will be learning to work in pluridisciplinary teams, the student will be proposed to work in teams for the test moment during the intensive elective week.

A critical understanding of the principles theories, principles and concepts.

Students will demonstrate ability in reading and summarizing contents, interpreting the concepts and communicating conclusions.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The intensive elective week will be used to test the methods with a local community in the Vestby area with stakeholders.


Written assignment, oral presentation of the assignment, and participation in discussions throughout the semester

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning PåkrevdParticipation in discussions throughout the semester
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:Participation in discussions throughout the semester
ProsjektoppgaveIndividuellBestått / ikke beståttWritten assignment, oral presentation of the assignment
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:Written assignment, oral presentation of the assignment