MSc Urban Ecological Planning (UEP) is an international program primarily focused on the complex interdependencies between people, institutions and the built environment in pursuit of equity, efficiency and sustainability.
The first semester`s filed work is an essential element in the NTNU`s MSc UEP Program, and is primarily meant to help us better undertand the dynamics of urban development in the cities of Global south. The challenges posed by these cities to planners and architects are quite significant. Fieldwork of this nature provides one of the most promising and realistic paths to assist all manner of urban change agents in addressing some of the most pressing concerns facing a fast urbanizing Global south. During the last years (2007-2013) the first semester`s fieldwork has taken place in Uganda. This fieldwork is carried out in corporation with teachers and students from local Universities, international NGOs and the country`s principal research centres. In Uganda additional cooperation is elicited from UN-Habitat, whose partnership with NTNU is providing the framework for the proposed UN-Habitat related projects. This study is tailor-made to help students to:
1. Understand the urban asset base and dynamics of a territorially defined area, e.g. neighborhood, through interacting with its inhabitants, local authorities and other stakeholders.
2. Be able to propose a physical or organizational intervention based on their newly acquired understanding og the dynamics of hte community in questions and do it in such a way that it will generate subsequent benefits.
The recent publications from the field: