Improving quality of life through urban planning - A case study of Tøyen and Grønland
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- Studentoppgaver (TN-ISØP) 
For the first time in history, more people reside in cities and urban settlements than ever before. The anticipated population growth in the coming decades is expected to primarily happen in cities and urban settlements, going from 4.4 billion inhabitants in 2020 to 6.7 billion in 2050. Uncontrolled growth in many cities has previously resulted in a lowered Quality of Life. With those large numbers of people residing in cities, well thought through urban planning has never been more important. The living condition and crime issues in Tøyen and Grønland have been persistent and increasingly worsening over the past years. Tøyen and Grønland are two of the most multicultural neighborhoods in Oslo, Norway where many of the inhabitants struggle with unemployment, low income, and living cramped and/or in public housing. This thesis attempts to discover how the Quality of Life in an area can be improved through urban planning, here in the context of Tøyen and Grønland. Firstly, a criteria list for improved Quality of Life was developed, then the project area was analyzed where the spatial, socio-cultural, socio-economic, and human aspects were investigated. In addition, Oslo municipality’s Områdeløft-project was summarized and analyzed. Lastly, the criteria list and results of the analysis were used to summarize a development proposal for the project area.