Nordic City Challenge 2016-2018

About the Nordic City Challenge

The Nordic City Challenge was a three-year project, in which an intensive course was arranged every autumn during 2016-2018, each time in a different Nordic country. The students accepted to the course had diverse backgrounds, such as planning, design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban ecology, sociology, environmental-/ water engineering, and urban and human geography. The course was academically grounded and planned together with qualified teachers and researchers from the field.

The purpose of the course was 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 wanted 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. After the 3-year project the organizing team is developing the concept further to be able to promote multisectorial and -disciplinary collaboration around sustainable urban development also in the future!

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NCC etusivullePictures: Meeri Karvinen, Salla Jokela, Älvstaden Ab.

The Nordic City Challenge in a nutshell:

  • A 3-day intensive course arranged during October-November, every year in different Nordic country
  • Corresponds to 3 ECTS
  • Aims to find solutions for complex and wicked urban problems
  • Focus on sustainable, multidisciplinary and practical urban planning and design with social-ecological approach
  • Brings together master-level students, academic teachers, practitioners and other leading experts from the Nordic countries to share ideas and work together on a real-life planning case
  • Enables the students to deepen and develop their knowledge with new perspectives from other disciplines and Nordic frameworks
  • Free of charge for the students– the organizers will cover the travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the students.