Summer Online

CPE class; $45/term non-refundable reg. fee + $390/credit.
Refund and class swap policies differ from Univ. day classes; please see www.UMassULearn.net for more information.

SustComm 205 - Dynamics of Human Habitation (4cr, Gen.Ed. I, U)
Session: 5/22 - 6/30, 2017

Instructor: Euripedes De Oliveira (euri@larp.umass.edu)

This course discusses the built environment from the urbanization-urban development perspective.  It examines the built-natural environmental relations shaping the cities from both the north and south hemispheres, yet with emphasis in the latter.  Throughout the course we will engage in a varied of activities concerning numerous urban themes that result from the interactive social, economic, political, and cultural forces factoring in the built environment.
Course introduction: video  ppt

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SustComm 140 - Awareness of the Visual Environment (4cr, Gen.Ed. AT)
Session: 7/10 - 8/18, 2017

Instructor: Jane Buxton (jbuxton@larp.umass.edu)

Examines physical elements that compose a variety of visual environments including gardens and paintings; the cultural values underlying different types of American landscapes, from wilderness to cities; and the ways in which other cultures perceive, use, and create their own visual environments.

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SustComm 297G - Climate Change and Resilient Cities (3cr)
Session: 7/10 - 8/18, 2017

Instructor: Ana Mesquita Emlinger (amesquit@larp.umass.edu)

Communities of the 21st century need to be different than communities of the later 20th century, and it is time to plan for what those differences are. A key factor impacting our cities, among others, will be climate change. This course introduces students to implications of these coming conditions for built form both now and in the future, with a goal of developing an understanding of what municipal, regional, and state planners and policy makers need to know now about these conditions to provide leadership to communities. What would a city that is really adapted to its future climate look like? How can we identify now what the risks are likely to be in the future, and communicate that to decision-makers? What are the biggest barriers faced by planners and other city officials that hinder the adaptation process at the municipal level? And how can we start now to implement the physical and social practices that will assure a resilient built form?

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