854323 Climate change and global aspects in planning and spatial development

Lecture and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Weber, Karin , Davoudi, Simin , Reschke, Katharina
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Invited guest lecturer:
Professor Simin Davoudi Newcastle University

Urban growth, alongside increasing density in urban areas, has put urban green spaces and open landscapes under pressure and has led to its loss. Climate change is intensifying the so-called urban heat island effect and has negative impacts on cities, their residents and their quality of life and health. Currently, formal and informal planning tools for climate neutral/adaptive cities are being developed in practice and research. Green cool spaces are an urban amenity that supports a good quality for varying everyday realities of people of different gender, age, social and cultural backgrounds in the urban context. The fair distribution of private and public green and open spaces is a key factor for environmental and social justice for all residents in cities.

keywords: climate change, social justice, urban open spaces and landscapes

Previous knowledge expected

good command of oral and written English

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students develop a critical understanding on global aspects which play a role with regard to landscape and spatial planning issues.

Students learn about the significant impact e.g. demographic change, political changes, urbanization or climate change, have on the spatial development and socio-economy at different scales.

The course will focus on:
• Environment - Sustainability - Vulnerability and Resilience: Perspectives, concepts and strategies
• Urban open space planning and debates about social justice
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.