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Subject details

  • Topics
    • The concept of sustainability, its history and its relationship to cities
    • The concept of sustainability, its history and its relationship to cities
    • A transport and urban form history of cities
    • Understanding automobile dependence: an international comparison of transport and land use in cities
    • Energy use, energy conservation and the 'peak oil' phenomenon
    • A history and critique of traditional transport planning: trip generation versus trip reduction
    • Best practice in urban public transport systems
    • Planning for pedestrians and cyclists and the role of traffic calming
    • The central city: planning for people not cars
    • The new suburbia: revisioning suburban sprawl
    • Urban villages and transit-oriented development as antidotes to urban sprawl
    • Making cities 'green' cities and case studies in more sustainable city development: a global overview highlighting Portland, Freiburg and Curitiba
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. explain how specific urban and transport planning policies and strategies can help to resolve many of the problems confronting cities
  2. evaluate and integrate knowledge of global urban planning and transport policies and achievements to justify a sustainable city vision
  3. apply sustainability concepts to real situations in any city
  4. assess the effectiveness and importance of public planning for the 'common good' and the role of developing positive visions for cities
  5. communicate a positive, solutions-oriented approach to cities and their problems and potentials.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Sustainable city vision (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Critical analysis (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines cities around the world from within a sustainability framework. Its core focus is the issue of automobile dependence in cities and the associated land use, environmental, social, economic and urban design issues surrounding it.

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