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Smart Sustainable Cities

People, design and technology

The NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities group was formed to pursue high value integrated design and technologies for "the smart city"—the energy-efficient, resilient and healthy city.

The group consists of experts from material detailing to urban morphology, from energy and mobility systems to governance, citizens,smart tools and data.

Knowledge for a better world

NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities' activities include good, visible lighthouse projects in cooperation with and support of municipal and industry partners, as well as meticulous translation of design characteristics into indicators, targets and approaches that can be included in assessment tools, certification, budgets and policy strategies.

The interdisciplinary group contributes to two major Thematic Strategic Areas at NTNU: Energy and Sustainability.

China Platform

NTNU-China Innovation Platform for Smart Sustainable Cities and Communities

China is well known for its dynamic and fast development towards being a leading economic, global power. From the status of an under-developed society, it now is a nation where life-standard for a big number of the population is substantially improved within a short span of time.

The turbulent urbanization and advanced technical development, paired with poverty for another part of the population give serious challenges for professionals and decision-makers like environment problems, water shortage, cultural contradictions, infrastructural shortcomings, threatened built cultural heritage, etc. Chinese experts have to face all those problems to find adequate solutions, pressing and urgent to another extent than we know in Norway.

Collaboration with Chinese colleagues gives a win-win situation for all partners, partly by working with problems common for both countries, partly by sharing new scientific and practice findings. After 25 years of practicing joint research, consultancy work and teaching in China, one particular experience should be emphasized: Chinese and Norwegian conditions have so many conspicuous differences that working with Chinese colleagues implicates unavoidable needs to reflect on and sometimes revise one’s own set of values, work methods and approach to problems. Invaluable for professionals and scholars.

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Photo: Wang Yu



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Smart Sustainable Cities
Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art
Department of Architectural Design, History and Technology
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