APX421 Urbanism II

The course focuses on the review of the principles of sustainable urban planning. At the beginning, different theoretical positions introduce spatial planning as a process involving human communities, stakeholders, interests and powers impacting on the social structure and the physical space. In the continuation, environmental, social and economic sustainability is taught, in terms of the ethics for contemporary planning and the city architecture.  At the same time students are getting familiar with basic elements of environmental, urban design and planning. Planning and design are proposed as the basic tools for promoting measured environmental qualities in urban or rural space.  An integrated short project experiments on how changes to the built environment can increase sustainability levels through innovative strategies and concepts.