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Programme & Workshop

Join our co-creative workshop as part of the NTNU future campus

SPAS Workshop 2023

SPAS II 2023

This second workshop takes place from the 28th to the 30th August 2022
at NTNU, Trondheim, daily from 9am until 4pm.
We are looking forward to hosting you!

 Day 1, Monday, August 28


09.15-09.30 - Welcome and Introduction (Peter Gotsch, Milagros Hurtig)


09.30-10.00 - Keynote Input I: Public space for all! Introduction to the right to the city and participatory placemaking 

                       Milagros Hurtig, PhD in Design, NTNU

10.00-10.15 - Break

10.15-10.30 - Discussion with speaker and attendants


10.30-10.45 - Keynote Input II: Which type of spaces does the new NTNU’s campus need to promote quality experience and innovation?  (Background of SPAS I) 

                       Peter Gotsch, Professor in Urban Ecological Planning, NTNU

10.45-11.00 - Discussion with speaker and attendants

11.00-11.15 - Break

11.15-11.45 - Keynote Input III: Linear ways of studying the city – An introduction

                       Peter Gotsch, Professor in Urban Ecological Planning, NTNU

11.45-12.00 - Discussion with speaker and attendants

12.00-13.00 - Lunch Break

13.15-14.00 - Keynote Input IV: Passive zones and physical community (Public Space)

                       Alex Tjora, Professor in Sociology, NTNU

14.00-14.15 - Discussion with speaker and attendants

14.15-14.30 - Break

14.30-15.30 - Activity: Exploratory cross campus walks

15.30-16.00 - Discussion & Wrap up

16.30-17.30 - Excursion: Petersplass, (reference: Drønningens Gate 39). We start the excursion from there at 16.30 with Svein Skibnes, architect and local resident.

ca. 17:30 - End of Day 1

 Day 2, Tuesday, August 29


Day 2, Tuesday, August 29

09.15-09.25 - Welcome and Introduction

09.25-09.45 - Keynote Input I: Insights from a gender sensitive approach to planning

                       Milagros Hurtig, PhD in Design, NTNU

09.45-10.00 - Discussion

10.00-10.15 - Break

10.15-10.45 - Keynote Input II: Tools for participatory placemaking 

                       Andrea Valladares, PhD in Design, NTNU

10.45-11.00 - Discussion

11.00-11.15 - Break

11.15-12.00 - Introduction to Activity II: Place Game (Peter Gotsch, Milagros Hurtig)

12.00-13.00 - Lunch

13.00-14.30 - Beginning of Activity II: Place Game (Participants)

14.30-14.45 - Break

14.45-15.45 - Work on Presentation of the Place Game in groups

15.45-16.00 - Campus Wide Assessment

ca. 16:00 - End of Day 2

 Day 3, Wednesday August 30

ca. 09.30-11.00 - Group Presentations 

ca. 12.00 - End of Workshop

* You will find us here in Trondheim: Skiboli, at NTNU's Gløshaugen Campus, Sem Sælands vei 3, 7034 Trondheim

SPAS Workshop 2021

SPAS I 2021

Physical developments of universities tend to neglect the role of open spaces as promoters of quality life experience, inclusion and innovation from below. The project NTNU SPAS "Shared Spaces for Innovation" seeks to explore and promote the potential of open shared spaces as the engine of integration and innovation. Based on this goal, the speeches, activities and discussions revolve around the following three questions: 


  1. How should we design the open spaces of the new NTNU campus to boost quality experience and  innovation? 

  2. Which open innovative spaces and good practice exist elsewhere, and how can we learn from them?

  3. Which balance between order and informality do open spaces need to promote better communication, innovation and creativity?

The transdisciplinary workshop takes place from the 18th to the 21st October 2021
at NTNU, Trondheim*, daily from 1pm until 4pm. You can join in person and online. 
We are looking forward to hosting you!

Physical developments of universities tend to neglect the role of open spaces. Due to focusing on cost efficiency, security, or representation, the open campus space is left undervalued as a promoter of quality life experience, inclusion, and innovation from below. Users and visitors may feel discouraged to use, appropriate, and explore the open spaces in the domain of public institutions.


"Innovation comes from small places in big cities" (Ed Blakeley 2015)

The project NTNU SPAS "Shared Spaces for Innovation" seeks to explore the potential of open shared spaces as the engine of connecting people, sparking inspiration, and promoting new ideas, creativity as well as innovation. NTNU SPAS Phase I intends to nurture new communities and practices of collaborative knowledge. 

Day 1, Monday, October 18th 


13-13.15 - Welcome and Introduction (Peter Gotsch, Ann Marit Longva)


13.15-14.30 - Session 1. Looking outside the box and exploring thematic links


Jeff Hou

Jeffrey Hou, Ph.D., is Professor of Landscape Architecture and director of the Urban Commons Lab at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work focuses on public space, democracy, community design, and civic engagement. Hou is known for his pioneering writing on bottom-up placemaking through publications including “Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities”.


The input of Jeff Hou is titled "Cities and Communities as Campus Public Space?" : Through public outreach and engagement of the real-life issues, learning in higher education in the United States is taking place not only on university campuses but also in cities and communities. Through service-learning and community engagement, courses and learning initiatives are shaping where learning is taking place and how “university campuses” are defined. They further suggest a relational turn in the way we may approach campus public space.

Ayanda Roji 

Ayanda is the Head of Research and Knowledge Management at the City of Johannesburg’s Parks and Zoo agency. Ayanda Roji is a social scientist who is passionate about people-centered public spaces. Her focus is on how public spaces are understood, designed, used, and managed. She promotes inclusive public spaces which meet the needs of diverse populations and vulnerable groups. She strongly advocates for creative and innovative participatory planning practices that stimulate belonging and public ownership, particularly in the face of rising risks of climate change, pandemics, inequality and other injustices. She will talk on: The link between innovation and participatory planning practices from a Southern African perspective

Arunava Dasgupta 

Arunava Dasgupta is an urban designer and Head of the Department of Urban Design at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi as well as the Coordinator of the Center of Urban Design Innovation in SPA. As founder member and Vice President of the Institute of Urban Designers – India (IUDI), Arunava Dasgupta has been actively promoting the idea of holistic urban design across Indian cities while creating alternative development frameworks using community participation as a central tool for local area design. He will share with us an input on: Lessons from India. The multidimensional claim on public spaces.


Discussion with all speakers and attendants




14.45-16.00 - Session 2. Looking inside the box: Lokal stakeholders and organisations

Ann Marit Longva

Ann Marit is a leader at StudyTrondheim and the student City Network. She will share experiences related to: Making plans come alive - together with local community through an example from the City Campus of Trondheim 


Øystein Ask

Øystein is an Architect and City Planner at Trondheim Kommune, he is a  community and social services professional with a Master focused in Public space and Urbanism from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).  

He will talk about his role in projects related to the campus development


Tina Larsen

Tina will talk on behalf of Pådriv Trondeim, Pådriv is a network and methodology that “drives and coordinates the emergence of small and large solutions where social development, economic development, and protection of the environment and climate interact and reinforce each other”. 


Discussion with all speakers and attendants

16:00 - End of Day 1


Day 2, Tuesday, October 19th 


13-13.10 - Welcome and Introduction


13.15-14.30 - Session 3. Learning from local initiatives and Placemaing approaches


Kathrine E. Standal 

Kathrine is the acting head of Boligstiftelsen, Svartlamon’s housing foundation

She will reflect on: Lessons from Svartlamoen – Shared innovation spaces between formal and informal


Roland Krebs 

Roland is an urban planner and urbanist who develops strategic action plans and place-based solutions for cities to tackle urban growth. He is co-founder and art director of superwien urbanism zt gmbh, a studio for urbanism and sustainable architecture, based in Vienna: He will share experiences from the project PlaceCity – Oslo & Vienna. PlaceCity seeks to gather proven placemaking tools, test these tools in real life case studies and make these tools readily available to every city in Europe. The aim of implementation is not merely to test the tools, but also to establish sustainable business cases for placemaking in local contexts.


Päivi Raivio 

Päivi is an Artist, Urban designer, facilitator and placemaker, co-founder of RaivioBumann and Parky. She will talk on: Small places for a big change - fast tracking sustainable urban change with scalable bottom solutions: The presentation will propose the importance of smaller public places for a city vision of a socially sustainable, lively, inviting and low-emission, greener city and that placemaking is one of the key methodologies to build up this network of small public places which can support the bigger city vision. It will discuss a few case studies and also relate to the Aalto University Campus. 


Hans Karssenberg 


Hans Karssenberg is the founding partner of STIPO, an interdisciplinary team for urban development. With many other partners, he has helped to build the international programs The City at Eye Level, Placemaking Europe, re:Kreators and Placemakers Asia. STIPO works on human scale area development, inclusive community building and placemaking, co-creating streets and places for people, long term place management and place led development, connecting top-down long term strategies with short term bottom-up initiatives. The input of Hans Karssenberg examines "The City at Eye Level and Placemaking: Why, What and How".

Discussion with all speakers and attendants




14.45-16.00 - Session 4. NTNU projects working on the Future Campus


Steffen Wellinger

Steffen is a professor in architecture at the department of architecture and planning at NTNU. he is also the initiator of the NTNU’s Life Studio. Steffen will talk on the Fremtidens Campus project “Street-Symphony” and on other related experiences


Lina Naoroz Braten

Lina Naoroz Bråten is a PhD candidate in Urban Planning at the Department of Architecture and Planning at NTNU. She has a background in sociology (Bachelor's degree) and spatial/physical planning (Master's degree) from NTNU. Lina will talk about: Temporary space interventions and social life in Nordic public spaces. Her research aims to investigate if and how temporary space interventions in smaller public spaces can work as solutions to improve social life and interactions in Nordic urban neighbourhoods. The research has a micro and meso perspective and investigates how temporary space interventions can affect; social interactions between people in smaller public spaces at the micro level and; social life and well-being in Nordic urban neighbourhoods (meso level).


Shayesteh Shahand 

Shayesteh is a  MSc candidate in Urban Ecological Planning at NTNU. She will present her Fremtidens campus project titled: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic to Become a More Adaptable Campus While Supporting Students' Social Life, Case Study Gløshaugen Campus


Patric Wallin (tbc)


Patric is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning. He will present the Fremtidens Campus project on: Spaces, places, and identities. This project explores how rooms become learning spaces in the light of higher education, and how these spaces can inhibit and promote students' professional identity. In the project, identity is seen as something dynamic that is in continuous change and the result of behavior and negotiations between norms and expectations. "Rooms" will not be limited to only the lecture halls and areas available on the university campuses, but also the less formal meetings where students have to navigate their identity. 


Discussion with all speakers and attendants


16:00 - End of Day 2


Day 3, Wednesday, October 20th. Thematic Student Workshop  (open to the public)


13-13.10 - Welcome 


13.15-14.00 - Session 5. Student session on “Public Space”




14.15-15.00 - Session 6. Student session on “Informality”



15.15-16.00 - Session 7. Student session on “Participation”



Day 4, Thursday, October 21st. Student Workshop using selected Placemaking tools


13-13.10 - Welcome Introduction and Start


13.15-13.45 - Session 8. Placemaking tools


Anna Louise Bradley

Anna is an urban researcher and network manager at STIPO. At STIPO, she contributes research towards the PlaceCity project uncovering and defining placemaking tools in Vienna and Oslo case cities with many international partners. Particular interests include developing urban environments using wayfinding strategies and local participation to boost physical access, safety, fitness, and ultimately well being benefits. In this session Anna will share with us an introduction to selected placemaking tools.




14.15-15.15 - Session 9. Field Work (Group work, Place Game tbc)


15.15-16.00 - Session 10. Group presentation and summary/conclusion


16:00- End of workshop

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