Nordic City Challenge 2016-2018

The Nordic City Challenge 2018 will be arranged in Copengahen, Denmark in October 7th-10th 2018.

About the Nordic City Challenge

The challenge will be arranged every autumn during 2016-2018, each time in a different Nordic country. The students accepted to the course have diverse backgrounds, such as planning, design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban ecology, sociology, environmental-/ water engineering, and urban and human geography. The course is academically grounded and planned together with qualified teachers and researchers from the field.

The purpose of the course is to enhance the knowledge and skills of students in the field by giving them a chance to work with a multidisciplinary, collaborative and international approach to urban development.  We also want to create interaction and close networks between the students and other actors within sustainable urban development in the Nordic countries.

The Nordic City Challenge was piloted in the autumn 2015 in Espoo, Finland (“The Nordic Case Competition 2015”), after which the project was granted funding from Nordplus for 2016-2018.


Nettisivuille2016Picture: Älvstaden Ab.

The Nordic City Challenge in a nutshell:

  • A 3-day intensive course arranged during October-November, every year in different Nordic country
  • Invitational – students hand-picked by their professors/teachers
  • Corresponds to 3 ECTS
  • Focus on sustainable, multidisciplinary and practical urban planning
  • Brings together master-level students, teachers, professors, practitioners and other leading experts from the Nordic countries to share ideas and work together on a real-life planning case
  • Gives the students in-depth knowledge and practical experience on actual planning work and creating sustainable solutions with real societal impact
  • Enables the students to deepen and develop their knowledge with new perspectives from other disciplines and Nordic frameworks
  • Gives the students the chance to build vital new networks both with fellow-students, experts and practitioners within the field.
  • Takes on the challenge of developing sustainable cities highlighting the social-ecological approach of urban planning.
  • Free of charge for the students– the organizers will cover the travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the students.