SUST 320 - SPRAWL, TRANSPORT, PLANNING
Exploration of the sustainability challenges in the built environment, particularly the debate over sprawl, suburban and exurban development, smart growth, commuting patterns, city planning, and the "new urbanism." Key topics include the exploration of transportation systems, ranging from bicycle commuting to highway construction to public transportation networks to intercontinental air travel, and their relationship to sustainable planning, whether at the level of community, city, or region. Students gain an understanding of the political-economic, spatial, and public policy issues relating to sprawl; learn the history, present use, and future prospects of urban planning and its potential to reshape the urban and suburban landscape in positive ways; develop qualitative and quantitative means to evaluate current transportation systems in terms of efficiency, cost, and environmental impact; and develop critical tools and presentation skills in order to proffer alternative transportation initiatives, particularly at the community or regional levels.
(with a min grade of C-)
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