GEOG/URBN1200: The City in the Western Tradition CA1

Throughout history and in all parts of the world societies need to decide where and how they arrange themselves on the physical landscape. Cities are becoming increasingly important for several reasons. The majority of the world’s population now resides in cities, and urbanization is expected to continue. Ongoing population expansion is expected to create a world with around nine billion inhabitants in the next few decades. Many cities are located in coastal areas and near rivers that make their populations high vulnerable to extreme weather events.This course takes a sweeping look at how cities have evolved in five distinct eras: (1) Ancient times; (2) The Middle Ages (3) The Age of Mercantilism (4) The Industrial Revolution and (5) The Automobile Era. A sixth era is Future Cities, in which we examine current policies to address how cities are planning to adapt to critical contemporary issues such as global climate change, wealth gaps, and immigration.

GEOG2400: Introduction to Sustainable Cities CA2, CA4-INTL, E

This General Education course provides students with a solid foundation in key issues in Sustainable Cities around the world. Foundational theories from development thinking and sustainable cities are combined with case studies of various economic, social, and environmental challenges facing contemporary cities around the world to provide students with an understand of the complex factors that shape people’s quality of life.The course’s four overarching themes of capitalism, climate change, human rights, and technology are woven together to examine topics such as urban slums, environmental justice, climate refugees, sanctuary cites, and a broad array of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies such as renewable energy, low-impact development, flood barriers, tactical urbanism, sustainable transportation, sustainable food systems, recycling, adaptive reuse, and urban greenspace.

GEOG4093/5290: Sustainable Amsterdam

This three-week field based experience in the city of Amsterdam provides a rich living laboratory to help students to experience, explore, and research various themes associated with Sustainable Transportation and Planning. Students prepare for this course through a five-week online course covering seminal material about sustainable transportation and urban planning, as well as readings that orient them to initiatives taking place in Amsterdam. Through the online preparation and the field-based experience, students design, shoot, edit and produce a short film on a theme of their choosing.

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Selected Student Films
Beautiful Trash: Making a Circular Economy
Pleins for People: The Reclamation of Amsterdam’s Squares
What is a Livable City?
How the Dutch Face Rising Seas
Amsterdam: The City of Bikes