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Ecological Transport, Infrastructure and Building Design

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number IDSEM-UG1633
Section 001
Instructor Mitchell Joachim
Days Mon
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement SCI


Same as ENVST-UA 450 003.


The current environmental decline is a multifaceted predicament for our civilization. Previously, utopian projects have failed to reverse this ecological decay. This crisis demands robust solutions on a massive scale to deal with an immanent mega-urbanity. We will attempt to re-envision vehicles, infrastructure, and buildings to meet the ecological needs of the future. Students will consider questions such as: what is wrong with city systems today and what are the key environmental forces that shape them? Each student will individually critique and evaluate multiple engineered urban entities and subsequently prescribe new innovations. The objective will be to establish the most scientifically plausible designs for a new socio-ecological world. Readings, historical figures, and works for the course will include Janine M. Benyus, Ian McHarg, Richard T.T. Forman, John Todd, Anne Spirn, Geoffery Jellicoe, Jane Jacobs, Annie Leonard, Buckminster Fuller, William J. Mitchell, Mohsen Mostafavi, Ken Yeang, and others.



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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