Interior Urban Landscapes and the Water-Energy Food Nexus
Climate change demands a recalibration of our built environment to become more resilient. Designing Cycles at 64° takes a multi-scalar approach addressing individual building typologies and, exemplarily for climate adaptation of northern climate zones, the city of Umeå with its diverse urban fabric as a whole. The active involvement of all stakeholders in the planning and future use of buildings and open spaces becomes key. How to create spaces that contribute to community building and social interaction while integrating a maximum of ecosystemic services is therefore a central question that demands for implementable methods, tools, processes and design solutions. At 64° latitude, interior landscapes and the water-energy-food nexus offer interesting possibilities to extend growing seasons and diversify crops, to reduce energy consumption while providing hybrid living spaces between inside and outside. By exploring greenhouse extensions and building envelopes as local passive architectural solutions, DC64° sets out to build productive interfaces between the private and public sector, academia involving the disciplines of architecture and urban planning, urban water management, plant physiology and vertical gardening, as well as the general public in a living lab format. Retrofitting the existing building stock, repurposing vacancies and expanding our building performance may accumulatively have a systemic impact both in terms of reducing water and energy consumption, as well as food miles, while buffering existing infrastructure networks and enabling local food production on site. Expanding on Bengt Warne’s Naturhus (1974) and following examples, we anticipate new multifunctional architectural models applicable in various contexts and scales.
FORMAT / The program includes an introductory lecture that addresses climate urgencies and potential capacity for change in the context of the built environment the week before the one-day symposium (hybrid format). The symposium brings together practitioners, researchers and educators and consists of five thematic sessions that can be attended as a full day or individually as they are interrelated, yet also function independently (See program link below).
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES / Understanding of multi-scalar climate-adapation design approaches within the built environment with a focus on the Nordic context / Reflect on aspects of social sustainability when it comes to transforming buildings and inhabitants from being consumers to becoming producers /
How can we work with nature to design and build our cities?
This course explores urban nature and nature-based solutions in cities in Europe and around the world. We connect together the key themes of cities, nature, sustainability and innovation. We discuss how to assess what nature-based solutions can achieve in cities. We examine how innovation is taking place in cities in relation to nature. And we analyse the potential of nature-based solutions to help respond to climate change and sustainability challenges.
This course was launched in January 2020, and it was updated in September 2021 with new podcasts, films and publications. The course is produced by Lund University in cooperation with partners from Naturvation – a collaborative project on finding synergies between cities, nature, sustainability and innovation. The course features researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs from a range organisations.
How can we shape our urban development towards sustainable and prosperous futures?
This course explores sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy in Europe and around the world. We place cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. We connect the key trends of urbanization, decarbonisation and sustainability. We examine how visions, experiments and innovations can transform urban areas. And we look at practices (what is happening in cities at present) and opportunities (what are the possibilities for cities going forwards into the future).
This course was launched in January 2016, and it was updated in September 2021 with new podcasts, films and publications. The course is produced by Lund University in cooperation with WWF and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability who work with creating sustainable cities. The course features researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs from a range organisations.
How can we govern consumption and the sharing economy in our cities?
This course explores cities, consumption and the sharing economy in Europe and around the world. We connect together the key themes of the sharing economy, cities, governance, consumption and urban sustainability. We explore how the sharing economy can contribute to increasing social, environmental and economic sustainability. And we argue that it is imperative that the sharing economy is shaped and designed to advance urban sustainability.
This course was launched in May 2020, and it was updated in September 2021 with new podcasts, films and publications. This course is produced by Lund University in cooperation with partners from Sharing Cities Sweden – a national program for the sharing economy in cities with a focus on governance and sustainability. It features researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs from a range organisations.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a networking paradigm which enables different devices (from thermostats to autonomous vehicles) to collect valuable information and exchange it with other devices using different communications protocols over the Internet. This technology allows to analyse and correlate heterogeneous sources of information, extract valuable insights, and enable better decision processes. Although the IoT has the potential to revolutionise a variety of industries, such as healthcare, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing, IoT devices also introduce new cybersecurity risks and challenges.
In this course, the students will obtain an in-depth understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the associated cybersecurity challenges. The course covers the fundamentals of IoT and its applications, the communication protocols used in IoT systems, the cybersecurity threats to IoT, and the countermeasures that can be deployed.
The course is split in four main modules, described as follows:
Understand and illustrate the basic concepts of the IoT paradigm and its applications
Discern benefits and drawback of the most common IoT communication protocols
Identify the cybersecurity threats associated with IoT systems
Know and select the appropriate cybersecurity countermeasures
Module 1: Introduction to IoT
Definition and characteristics of IoT
IoT architecture and components
Applications of IoT
Module 2: Communication Protocols for IoT
Overview of communication protocols used in IoT
MQTT, CoAP, and HTTP protocols
Advantages and disadvantages of each protocol
Module 3: Security Threats to IoT
Overview of cybersecurity threats associated with IoT
Understanding the risks associated with IoT
Malware, DDoS, and phishing attacks
Specific vulnerabilities in IoT devices and networks
Module 4: Securing IoT Devices and Networks
Overview of security measures for IoT systems
Network segmentation, access control, and encryption
Best practices for securing IoT devices and networks
Organisation and Examination
Study hours: 80 hours distributed over 7 weeks
Scehduled online seminars: January 30th 2024, February 12th 2024 and 11th of March
Examination, one of the following:
Analysis and presentation of relevant manuscripts in the literature
Bring your own problem (BYOP) and solution. For example, analyse the cybersecurity of the IoT network of your company and propose improvements
The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!
Skills in development work are becoming increasing importance in professional life. This course offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in product development, production development, and business development, as well as the relationship between these areas.
You will be introduced to systematic working methods for product development, production development, and business development, with a specific focus on innovation and creativity in practical contexts. The goal of the course is to provide a deep understanding of the application of various processes in different types of development work. The objective is for course participants to enhance their ability to understand and apply development processes and gain deeper insights into how these processes relate to organizations' innovation and business strategies in order to achieve circular flows, resilience, and sustainability in the manufacturing industry.
The teaching consists of self-study using course literature, films, and other materials through an internet-based course platform, as well as scheduled webinars and written reflections. There are no physical meetings; only digital online seminars are incuded.
Study hours: 40 hours distributed over 7 weeks
Scheduled online seminars: 30th January, 13th February, 27th February, and 13th March 2024.
The course begins on the 30th of January 2024:
(Week 5) 30th January: Webinar 1: Introduction – Part 1 (Focus: Product development)
(Week 7) 13th February: Webinar 2: Part 2 (Focus: Production development)
(Week 9) 27th February: Webinar 3: Part 3 (Focus: Business development)
(Week 11) 13th March: Webinar 4: Final presentations and course evaluation
This course is primarily intended for engineers in management or middle management positions within industry, whether they are recent graduates or individuals with extensive experience. The course is suitable for individuals with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering management, or similar educational background.
To be eligible for this course, participants must have completed courses equivalent to at least 120 credits, with a minimum of 90 ntry Requirementscredits in a technical subject area, with at least a passing grade, or equivalent knowledge. Proficiency in English is also required, equivalent to English Level 6.
Link to Syllabus
Please note that the number of participants for this course is limited, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!
Virtual commissioning (VC) is a technique used in the field of automation and control engineering to simulate and test a system's control software and hardware in a virtual environment before it is physically implemented. The aim is to identify and correct any issues or errors in the system before deployment, reducing the risk of downtime, safety hazards, and costly rework.
The virtual commissioning process typically involves creating a digital twin of the system being developed, which is a virtual representation of the system that mirrors its physical behaviour. The digital twin includes all the necessary models of the system's components, such as sensors, actuators, controllers, and interfaces, as well as the control software that will be running on the real system. Once the digital twin is created, it can be tested and optimized in a virtual environment to ensure that it behaves correctly under various conditions.
The benefits of using VC include reduced project costs, shortened development time, improved system quality and reliability, and increased safety for both operators and equipment. By detecting and resolving potential issues in the virtual environment, engineers can avoid costly and time-consuming physical testing and debugging, which can significantly reduce project costs and time to market.
Following are suggested modules in the virtual commissioning course, each with its own specific role in the process. These modules work together to create a comprehensive virtual commissioning process, allowing engineers to test and validate control systems and production processes in a simulated environment before implementing them in the real world.
Modeling and simulation: This module involves creating a virtual model of the system using simulation software. The model includes all the equipment, control systems, and processes involved in the production process.
Control system integration: This module involves integrating the digital twin with the control system, allowing engineers to test and validate the system's performance.
Virtual sensors and actuators: This module involves creating virtual sensors and actuators that mimic the behavior of the physical equipment. This allows engineers to test the control system's response to different scenarios and optimize its performance.
Scenario testing: This module involves simulating different scenarios, such as equipment failures, power outages, or changes in production requirements, to test the system's response.
Data analysis and optimization: This module involves analyzing data from the virtual commissioning process to identify any issues or inefficiencies in the system. Engineers can then optimize the system's performance and ensure that it is safe and reliable.
Link to course syllabus
75 university credits in production technology, mechanical engineering, product and process development, computer technology and/or computer science or equivalent or 40 credits in technology or equivalent and at least 2 years of full-time professional experience from a relevant area within industry. In addition, good knowledge in English, equivalent to English A/English 6 are required.
Describe the use of digital twins for virtual commissioning process.
Develop a simulation model of a production system using a systems perspective and make a plan for data collection and analysis.
Plan different scenarios for the improvement of a production process.
Analyze data from the virtual commissioning process to identify any issues or inefficiencies in the system and then optimize the system's performance.
Needs in the industry
Example battery production: Battery behaviors are changing over time. To innovate at speed and scale, testing and improving real-world battery phenomena throughout its lifecycle is necessary. Virtual commissioning / modeling-based approaches like digital twin can provide us with accurate real-life battery behaviors and properties, improving energy density, charging speed, lifetime performance and battery safety.
Faster innovation (NPI)
Lower physical prototypes
Shorter manufacturing cycle time
Rapid testing of new battery chemistry and materials to reduce physical experiments
Thermal performance and safety
It’s not just about modelling and simulating the product, but also validating processes from start to finish in a single environment for digital continuity.
Suggested target groups
Early career engineers involved in commissioning and simulation projects
Design engineers (to simulate their designs at an early stage in a virtual environment to reduce errors)
New product introduction engineers
Process engineers (mediators between design and commissioning)
Master's/PhD degree students who are involved in energy, digitalization, controls and production fields.
Scehduled online seminars: None
Study hours: 80 hours distributed over 10 weeks
The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!