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Presentation at City Hall

Published: 24 October 2013

After a course period of about 7 weeks in Master’s programme in Climate Sensitive Urban Planning and Building, it was time for the students attending the subject Climate, Landscape and Build-up areas to present their understanding on theoretical and practical fieldwork analysis and how such knowledge can be considered to develop ideas for the conceptual design development.

Until recently, the traditional methods of examinations and evaluations for courses are taking place within the University premises.  In order to provide more practical inputs to our students and their academic thoughts, this time the selection of facility for final examination was little different from the traditional facilities. Ram Pasupuleti, lecturer in charge for this course has selected the Session’s Hall in Lulea City Hall as the venue for organizing the final student’s presentations. The motto behind selecting such a public venue is that students with their creative thoughts will be exposed to the feedback from variety of audience comprised of municipal authorities, urban planners, practicing architects, and local communities.

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Example of presentation of Mjölkudden

- The feedback we received today is knowledge we bring with us. What we try to give our students is a variety of constructive capacities that help to build their abilities to address the challenges in the real world. Such student presentations on public platform have provided an opportunity to critically relate their academic thinking with the practical reality by meeting other experts besides the regular academic experts. Constructive criticism is definitely a valuable knowledge, says Ram Sateesh Pasupuleti, Assistant Professor at Division of Architecture and Water, Luleå University of Technology.

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Example of presentation of Hertsön

In this course - Climate, Landscape and Build-up areas - there was a strong focus on the harsh climate in northern Sweden and other parts of the world with arctic climates. Great care was taken to understand the impact of variations in Sunlight conditions, the prevailing and unusual winds and snow cover during the dark winter months and shorter summer periods. Three different neighborhoods with different geological conditions had been selected as suitable sites for site analysis and developing new residential development proposals. They include the Kronan in a valley between mountains, Mjölkudden´s waterfront and Hertsön´s flat landscape in suburban areas of Luleå. Nearly half of the total periods time in the course is focused on developing a critical review on the existing literature on urban areas in cold climatic regions, is followed with the field work carried in the respective sites to understand the development challenges and possibilities. The rest of the time is focused on developing the inferences from the site analysis and how they can be addressed in the development of Conceptual design ideas.

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Example of presentation of Kronan

Everyone was impressed by the creative ideas that were presented and the visualizations shown by the student groups. The audience was quite engaged in discussing the most appreciable aspects of their creative ideas and at the same time they have expressed the challenges and constraints for such ideas to be considered in reality. For instance, as someone from the audience has said, "I'm working at an office with architects and we disagree on a lot of things every day, there is no absolute right or wrong. A nut that has not yet been cracked is perhaps how to use the darkness in the winter as a positive asset. Ideas are welcome!”

As a concluding discussion Ram Pasupuleti summarized the seminar presentations and the comments received from the audience which have potentials to show a way forward.

- For me, coming from a climate of plus 40 degrees, it is an extra challenge and a learning process to teach Climate Sensitive Planning and Architecture for arctic conditions, said Ram Pasupuleti, before we parted in the October rain.

Participating students in the group Kronan was Bilal Benabid, Emil Jonsson and Emil Iverssen. In Group Hertsön: Amanda Stefansson, Lucile Balanzat and Viktoria Bengtsson. In Group Mjölkudden: Marianna Sven Berg, Céline Charron and Olivier Breyelle.

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