This course investigates the emerging principles and triple bottom line of sustainable development — social equity, environmental quality, and economic health — as reflected in buildings, neighborhoods, villages (including ships), towns, and cities around the world. Course readings, lectures, case studies, field research, class activities, and digital media will help us understand how we can achieve the objectives of a sustainable community through efforts in planning, architecture and design, engineering, public policy, food and water security, economic development, social justice, education, and social media. With particular emphasis on the communities along our route, we will focus on fundamental accounting and assessment frameworks — such as the Ecological Footprint and the Human Development Index — which can serve as tools to measure and monitor our efforts to improve both the stability of the biosphere and the quality of life for all humanity. In depth analysis will focus on areas such as urban form, land use and zoning strategies, alternative transportation models, water and waste management initiatives, energy efficiency and renewable energy, green building, food systems, regional economic development, social equity, and ecological restoration.
Field WorkCountry: Sweden
Day: 1 - Stockholm - Thursday, 31 July
Stockholm was the first city to be awarded the European Green Capital title. After our day in the field, it will be easy to understand why. We will begin the day gathering on the MV Explorer for a city orientation focusing on overarching green planning initiatives as well as our expectations and itinerary for the day. Traveling by bus we will tour the city centre with a focus on the interface between water and people, integrated and bio-fueled transportation systems, and the common challenges facing urban sustainability. A fantastic viewpoint (Fjällgatan) will give us a bird’s-eye view of this beautiful city. Our next stop will be Hammarby Sjöstad, an urban community so famous that it is featured on our course text. After a one-hour guided walking tour we will gather for an interactive lunch. After lunch we’ll visit a few other sites of interest in route to the Stockholm Royal Seaport. The Royal Seaport, modeled after Hammarby Sjöstad, is Stockholm’s latest major sustainability development project. The Seaport is part of the City's vision of a world-class Sustainable Stockholm by 2030, as set out in the Stockholm City Plan. Stockholm Royal Seaport has been selected as one of 18 urban development projects that form part of the Clinton Climate Initiative's global Climate Positive Development Program. After a one-hour guided walking tour, we visit other sites of interest at the Royal Seaport before returning to the ship. Academic Objectives: 1. To apply key course concepts in the real world 2. To study a world-class model in sustainable community design and development (Royal Seaport) 3. To observe a range of sustainability measures demonstrated by a recognized world leader (City Tour, “What Makes a Green Capital”)