College of Design

Architecture & Ecology

In our time of climate change, this course brings together people and discourses from many disciplines in pursuit of more resilient social-ecological systems within our built environments through dialogue, interdisciplinary research, design, and action. The course provides introductions to design research methodologies, critical theories and practices of ecological science and thinking, and those of sustainability through readings and dialogue with distinguished researchers working in these areas.

Design + Research Studio

Key to the course is the incorporation of high performance active and passive energy systems into very well-conceived and executed building and site design propositions. The key metric for the studio is “prove it.” The studio is structured around the topics of Component Development and Transformation, Body, Enclosure and Site Ideation, and Building Type and Systems Development / Customization.

Sustainable Urban Development

This course introduces the challenges of sustainability as applied to the built environment and the built environment's interconnectivity with the natural environment.  It addresses a range of specific sustainability-related issues such as sprawl and smart growth, climate change, motorized and non-motorized transportation, social equity and environmental justice, green architecture, food systems, and community engagement.  Students will do substantial background reading, engage in class discussion, and apply their skills to a small-group, real-world project.

Construction Management

BC6025 Construction Management is a required course for all Building Construction master students in the Program management and construction management track, and also one of the required electives for students in the facility management track. It is an introductory course on construction management principles for building construction projects. Though called "construction management", this class introduces the life cycle of a building project: Elements of planning and financing; Project delivery methods; Managing construction resource, and facility management, etc.

Sustainable Urban Development

This course introduces the challenges of sustainability as applied to the built environment and the built environment's interconnectivity with the natural environment.  It addresses a range of specific sustainability-related issues such as sprawl and smart growth, climate change, motorized and non-motorized transportation, social equity and environmental justice, green architecture, food systems, and community engagement.  Students will do substantial background reading, engage in class discussion, and apply their skills to a small-group, real-world project.

Real Estate and Financial Development

The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the role finance plays in community development. This means understanding the “big picture” and the more detailed mechanics of real estate financial markets, including the roles of developers, investors, lenders, tenants, owners, and the public sector. We will learn financial analysis, how to create and analyze a pro forma, about the development process, but within a framework that addresses broader issues promoting sustainable and inclusive development.

Built Environment and Public Health

This interdisciplinary course, examines how cities and neighborhoods can have both positive and adverse effects on human health, and produces recommendations to improve these outcomes. This SEMINAR is an elective planning and public health course that explores the interconnections between these fields and equips students with skills and experiences to plan healthy, sustainable communities. This course covers planning and public health foundations, natural and built environments, vulnerable populations and health equity, and health policy and global impacts.

Government and Housing Markets

Why are we in an affordable housing crisis? What can city planners do to help households at various income levels obtain safe, affordable housing? How can city planners take housing markets into account when planning for transportation, sustainability, and equity to avoid unanticipated consequences? In this class, we will learn the fundamental concepts of housing markets and housing policy.

Urban Transportation

This course is an introduction to urban passenger transportation policy and planning in the US with a sustainability focus. It is structured around three components: (1) History, theory, and problem definition, (2) The planning process, and (3) Solutions and analytical techniques. The course will help to understand the planning process comprehensively along with its multiple dimensions, how our current transportation systems has evolved over time, what is a sustainable system, policies and planning approaches that help is to achieve it, and challenges related to planning.

Policy Tools for Environmental Management

Given its wide impact on community well-being and the economy, it should be no surprise that U.S. environmental policy engenders controversy. This is particularly apparent since the 2016 elections. Many questions arise. Have environmental laws worked effectively to improve the quality of the environment? How can society best establish environmental policies and management systems when faced with scientific uncertainties and significant economic costs? What is the role and effectiveness of command-and-control regulation?

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