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Sustainable Urbanism


Beijing Historic Neighborhood

ENVE6099, PLAN6099 SAID6099 Sustainable Urbanism from an International Perspective

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The specific objective of the coursework and field study will be to provide a tangible urban design and development proposal based on sustainable urbanism theory for a historic neighborhood in one of the most rapidly growing areas of Beijing.

The process and outcomes from the individual student papers and team projects will be documented and published in a full-color, professional quality report with high quality graphics with assistance from faculty and students in the DAAP School of Design. Publicity before, during and after the courses will be disseminated using a variety of print and electronic media, working with the assistance of the E-Media Program in CCM.

In addition, some students who have completed the course will be encouraged to become “course ambassadors.”  As such, it is expected they will actively participate in UC Study Aboard activities, and publish about their China experience.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of urban environmental principles and issues on a global scale.
  • Identify specific processes by which environmental engineering, architectural design, urban design and urban planning are able to influence urbanization processes so they are sustainable, just and resilient.
  • Quantify environmental, spatial, demographic, social, and cultural data into a design equation.
  • Use appropriate discipline-specific methods and techniques to analyze complex urbanization problem.
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary and intercultural team using graphics and written communication, and quantitative and qualitative analysis to produce site and issue specific recommendations to promote sustainable urbanization solutions.
Topics to be explored include

    ·        The concept and practices of urban sustainability, with a trans-disciplinary approach and an global perspective

    ·        Field studies in China on air, water, solid waste treatment, low carbon communities, planning and management

    ·        Solving real-world issues in the rapid developing countries, working closely with Chinese students.


Prof. Chris Auffrey, Planning, DAAP 

Prof. Mingming Lu, Environmental Eng, CEAS

Prof. Ming Tang, Architecture, DAAP


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