CIV_ENV 387: Design of Sustainable Urban Developments

Quarter Offered

Fall : MW 4:00-5:50 ; Mozina


CIV_ENV 386-0, senior standing, consent of instructor; recommend CIV_ENV 385-1, CIV_ENV 385-2, and CIV_ENV 385-3.


The goal of this course is to design high performing neighborhoods, districts and communities that incorporate principles of density, diversity and flexibility around the “operating system of nature.” Infrastructure is decentralized and integrated with natural ecosystems. Energy is harvested from renewable sources and transmitted along smart grids. The processes that support sustainable urban districts are linked and managed through a “cen­tral nervous” or information system, which optimizes resource recovery and maximizes profitability through integration, monitoring, communication and accurate pricing. Sustainable urban development is place-based, reflecting regional conditions and local culture. Sustainable urban districts are walkable and bikeable, diminishing the need for private automobiles, and they are ecologi­cally regenerative, economically vibrant and socially equitable.


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