In addressing their sustainability agenda through design and construction, cities are subject to unique challenges, which requires effective exchange of knowledge and subject matter expertise among distributed project teams. At the same time, design and construction projects are dynamic and uncertain, requiring considerable coordination, communication and leadership to execute. Executing such projects in a virtual environment can offer many advantages and facilitate the design efforts. Yet, coordination, communication and leadership become increasingly difficult.
The course engages the contemporary issues of urban ecology and its articulation to design in urban settings. The new commitment of the co-habitation of nature and built environment has drawn attentions of city planners, urban designers and architects. The discourses of urban sustainability have to move away from social sufficiency, ecological efficiency to systems compatibility by linking the urban forms and ecological flows in urban, industrial and natural systems.
The purpose of this course is to research and develop information, communication, and media systems to address regional civic issues, using techniques from design, computing, and social sciences, in collaboration with government and community partners. These systems will have real-world impact, and promote social sustainability, equity, and justice.
In this course, we will focus on the planning, design, and operations of transportation systems in countries abroad that are known for a sustainable multimodal approach to transportation. This course is a study abroad course tied to the Global Engineering Leadership Minor administered in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The leadership competencies this course will focus on include cultural awareness/global competency, informal mentoring, and feedback.