Urban Built Environments: Stewardship and Resilience
This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.
A majority of the world's population now lives in cities, and the global urban population is expected to increase steadily. With so many people living in urban communities, city infrastructure systems face growing demands and vulnerabilities to disruption from climate-related weather events. Challenges include providing clean, reliable energy supply and demand management, developing transportation and mobility options, enhancing water supply and treatment systems, and preparing for flood and drought events. Current and future environmental challenges require innovative and economically-feasible responses.
In this course, you will learn more about such challenges and study how individuals, organizations, and cities are integrating resilience planning to manage risks and mitigate impacts on urban areas. Climate change will be an important consideration as we evaluate ways to improve and replace urban systems. Students will use case studies from around the world to better understand how these programs are being implemented. Class lectures and discussion will focus on buildings and technologies in Providence, RI. Students will develop skills to effectively analyze systems and assess the feasibility of alternatives.
As a result of this course, students will better understand concepts of sustainability integration, stewardship, and resilience as they relate to cities of the present preparing for the future. Students will also gain experience analyzing urban initiatives as they relate to energy, water, transportation and land use systems. Students will develop Action Plans to apply course knowledge to their own schools and communities.