This course explores the principles and practice of sustainable development from the building and site to the city and region. This exploration takes place while considering national and global implications. Sustainability is NOT simply concerned with the natural environment. Instead, sustainable practices place equal weight on environmental preservation, economic feasibility, and social equity to achieve long-term viability. For the purposes of this course, sustainability is defined as multi-faceted, multi-sectoral, and multi-temporal.
This short course reviews the basics of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) - working with communities based on their assets, or strengths - and then introduces participatory facilitation methods that can be used to implement ABCD with diverse stakeholders. These methods can be used by students and professionals alike to create truly equitable and participatory environments, whether that be in academic project work, in the community/field, or in their professional spaces.
This elective course provides an introduction to the field of transportation planning. We will learn about the history of the transportation planning field, travel modes and patterns that comprise our transportation system, and how a transportation plan is created.
Land use planning touches upon all the core areas of sustainable planning practice, from community development, environmental planning, and economic development, to transportation/mobility and climate change. The course introduces the process of land use planning and shows how the plan document is prepared. It also discussed the criteria for determining good plans and provides an overview of the tools used for implementing sustainable solutions. We draw from recent experiences with neo-traditional planning, smart growth, climate sensitive design, and smart city debates.
This course provides an overview of the planning of cities and metropolitan regions. The legal and historical context as well as substantive areas or urban planning are addressed. Tensions among economic, environmental, and equity results of public policies and private developments are examined. Tools for involving stakeholders in planning decisions are surveyed.
This course is interdisciplinary by nature, referencing the projects and methodologies of architects and architectural historians, as well as archaeologists, artists, designers, environmentalists, ethnographers, photographers, urbanists, sociologists, technicians, and writers. Although we will cover topics and themes across the U.S., our focus will decidedly be on the American South and we will leverage our location in Atlanta.
The course will focus on the application of market, community, and regulatory factors into successful housing design and construction. The class will explore decisions that will occur day to day associated with the pendulum swing from profitability to safety and sustainability.
The course is partnered with local nonprofits to provide opportunities for experiential learning. Partnerships will show how thoughtful development can produce meaningful community results, a sustainable product, and increased profitability.
The goal of the Land Conservation course is to help students develop a broad understanding of the issues pertaining to the conservation of forests, wildlife habitats, wetlands, river corridors, scenic vistas, farmland, cultural landscapes, battlefields, greenways, recreational spaces, and public parks. In the course, we will review the literature on the subject as well as hear from practitioners in the field.