The Planning Bus

Rural planning, design and development in practice

Planbussen (The Planning Bus) is a master's course in the five-year master's program in architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and is affiliated with the Department of Architecture and Planning, at the Faculty of Architecture and Design. The course deals with contemporary questions and challenges in different size towns, and works directly and in close collaboration with selected municipalities, based on their individual situation and opportunities. The Planbussen initiative was first active in the early 2000s, but had its renaissance in the spring of 2022, when the initiative was taken up again by Professor Markus Schwai and Assistant professor Erik Hofsbro. In the spring of 2022, Planbussen visited and worked with the towns of Kjeknesvågen (Inderøy Municipality) and Sistranda (Frøya Municipality) with a small group of 7 students. Through intensive week-long stays at each location, immediate project proposals were developed and presented to the local community. The feedback that were given to the students made the basis for the further development throughout the rest of the semester. Finally, the projects were presented to the municipalities and the respective local communities, before the finished material was handed over and made available via this website. You can see all the projects from Planbussen here.

In the spring of 2023, Planbussen will work in collaboration with Snåsa Municipality, Dovre and Bismo, two municipalities situated in the northern parts of Gudbrandsdalen. An overview of the semester and our various activities can be found in the Calendar. Planbussen (The Planning Bus) will during the spring semster of 2023 be run under the course codes "AAR4660 Open Project Course 2" and "AAR4665 Open Knowledge Course 2"

If you have questions regarding the initiative and the Master's subject "Planbussen", or wonder whether your municipality or town might be relevant for a collaboration, please get in touch, either by sending a request to or to on of us directly through Kontakt.