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Eco-city

An Ecocity is a human settlement modeled on the self sustaining resilient structure and function of natural ecosystems.

The ecocity provides healthy abundance to its inhabitants without consuming more (renewable) resources than it produces, without producing more waste than it can assimilate, and without being toxic to itself or neighboring ecosystems.

Its inhabitants’ ecological impact reflect planetary supportive lifestyles; its social order reflects fundamental principles of fairness, justice and reasonable equity.

(Ecocity Builders, 2018)

Source: iakov / 123RF Stock Photo

Topic List

Sustainable Urban Development: Discover Advanced Metropolitan Solutions

June 8, 2018 | TU Delft | Engish

Did you know that cities take up less than 3% of the earth’s land surface, but more than 50% of the world’s population live in them? And, cities generate more than 70% of the global emissions? Large cities and their hinterlands (jointly called metropolitan regions) greatly contribute to global urbanization and sustainability challenges, yet are also key to resolving these same challenges.

If you are interested in the challenges of the 21st century metropolitan regions and how these can be solved from within the city and by its inhabitants, then this Sustainable Urban Development course is for you!

Did you know that cities take up less than 3% of the earth’s land surface, but more than 50% of the world’s population live in them? And, cities generate more than 70% of the global emissions? Large cities and their hinterlands (jointly called metropolitan regions) greatly contribute to global urbanization and sustainability challenges, yet are also key to resolving these same challenges.

If you are interested in the challenges of the 21st century metropolitan regions and how these can be solved from within the city and by its inhabitants, then this Sustainable Urban Development course is for you!

Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities

May 30, 2018 | ETH Zurich | English

Learn how urban planning, energy, climate, ecology and mobility impact the livability and quality of life of a “future city.”

Learn how urban planning, energy, climate, ecology and mobility impact the livability and quality of life of a “future city.”

Rethink the City: New Approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges

May 7, 2018 | Delft University of Technology | English

In this course, you could learn about today’s urban challenges focusing on developing countries, referred to as the Global South. We will debate the benefits associated with three different themes, including spatial justice, housing provision and management, and urban resilience.

We will address questions such as:

  • Is the ‘just city’ framework applicable to cities with extreme socio-economic inequality?
  • Can community-led housing initiatives provide effective solutions for households in need?
  • How can resilience support development instead of perpetuating a disadvantaged condition?

 

In this course, you could learn about today’s urban challenges focusing on developing countries, referred to as the Global South. We will debate the benefits associated with three different themes, including spatial justice, housing provision and management, and urban resilience.

We will address questions such as:

  • Is the ‘just city’ framework applicable to cities with extreme socio-economic inequality?
  • Can community-led housing initiatives provide effective solutions for households in need?
  • How can resilience support development instead of perpetuating a disadvantaged condition?

 

Smart Grids for Smart Cities: Towards Zero Emissions

April 25, 2018 | InnoEnergy, Homuork, SmartGrid.cat | English

This course will cover:

  • The power and energy transition impact in the world economy
  • How smart grids will enhance the era of information
  • What is a smart city and how can we make cities smarter
  • Smarts citizens: new forms of mobility and energy consumption and production
  • New business models for smart cities

This course will cover:

  • The power and energy transition impact in the world economy
  • How smart grids will enhance the era of information
  • What is a smart city and how can we make cities smarter
  • Smarts citizens: new forms of mobility and energy consumption and production
  • New business models for smart cities

Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs

December 14, 2017 |  The University of British Columbia | English

As this course describes specific solutions to the vexing urban challenges we all face, course participants can see how these ideas might be applied in their own area. Participants will learn the conceptual framework of ecodesign, see many real, successful examples, and come to understand the tools, processes, and techniques for policy development and implementation.

 

As this course describes specific solutions to the vexing urban challenges we all face, course participants can see how these ideas might be applied in their own area. Participants will learn the conceptual framework of ecodesign, see many real, successful examples, and come to understand the tools, processes, and techniques for policy development and implementation.

 

Sustainable Urban Development: Discover Advanced Metropolitan Solutions

November 20, 2017 | Delft University of Technology, Wageningen University | English

This course covers the challenges of the 21st-century metropolitan regions and how these can be solved from within the city and by its inhabitants. The challenges cities face today require a holistic, systemic and transdisciplinary approach that spans different fields of expertise and disciplines such as urban planning, urban design, urban engineering, systems analysis, policy making, social sciences, and entrepreneurship.

This course covers the challenges of the 21st-century metropolitan regions and how these can be solved from within the city and by its inhabitants. The challenges cities face today require a holistic, systemic and transdisciplinary approach that spans different fields of expertise and disciplines such as urban planning, urban design, urban engineering, systems analysis, policy making, social sciences, and entrepreneurship.

Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities

November 20, 2017 | ETH Zurich | English

This urban planning course will focus on four areas that directly affect livability in a city: Urban energy, urban climate, urban ecology and urban mobility. The course begins by presenting measurable criteria for the assessment of livability, and how to positively influence the design of cities towards greater livability. We will focus on this basic topic of the human habitat in a holistic way, and introduce possibilities of participatory urban design by citizens, leading towards the development of a citizen design science.

This urban planning course will focus on four areas that directly affect livability in a city: Urban energy, urban climate, urban ecology and urban mobility. The course begins by presenting measurable criteria for the assessment of livability, and how to positively influence the design of cities towards greater livability. We will focus on this basic topic of the human habitat in a holistic way, and introduce possibilities of participatory urban design by citizens, leading towards the development of a citizen design science.

Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology

November 20, 2017 | Cornell University | English

This course is ideal for a learner who is intrigued by both social and environmental concerns, or simply has a desire to dive into an emerging 21st century, cross-disciplinary subject area. You will complete this course with a keener awareness of social-ecological issues and concerns, as well as a greater knowledge of the practical steps required to rebuild and maintain community and nature in a world marked by inequality, conflict, and climate change.

This course is ideal for a learner who is intrigued by both social and environmental concerns, or simply has a desire to dive into an emerging 21st century, cross-disciplinary subject area. You will complete this course with a keener awareness of social-ecological issues and concerns, as well as a greater knowledge of the practical steps required to rebuild and maintain community and nature in a world marked by inequality, conflict, and climate change.

Sustainable Living and the State of the Environment

November 17, 2017 | Openlearning | English

Sustainability will be explored in this course whereby sustainable living is conceptualized in a very broad sense that includes ecological, psychosomatic, lifestyle-oriented, and political aspects. This course can deepen your understanding of the manifestations and causes of ecological problems and explore your own ‘sustainable living issues’ through structured exercise.

Sustainability will be explored in this course whereby sustainable living is conceptualized in a very broad sense that includes ecological, psychosomatic, lifestyle-oriented, and political aspects. This course can deepen your understanding of the manifestations and causes of ecological problems and explore your own ‘sustainable living issues’ through structured exercise.

Urban Design for the Public Good: Dutch Urbanism

November 17, 2017 | Delft University of Technology | English

This course will broaden your scope and diversify your take on the field of urban planning and design. We will focus on a unique Dutch approach and analyze how it can help those involved with urban planning and design to improve the physical environment in relation to the public good it serves, including safety, wellbeing, sustainability and even beauty.

This course will broaden your scope and diversify your take on the field of urban planning and design. We will focus on a unique Dutch approach and analyze how it can help those involved with urban planning and design to improve the physical environment in relation to the public good it serves, including safety, wellbeing, sustainability and even beauty.

Re-Enchanting the City

November 1, 2017 | UNSW Sydney | English

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of city making. The focus will be on a cutting-edge, high-density urban infill project, Central Park, in contemporary Sydney. We will use this project to explore the interdependencies of the professions at play; urban design, architecture, construction management, planning, landscape architecture, interior architecture and industrial design. Besides, design innovations in green technologies, structure, construction, environmental and building service, framing this within the wider context of infrastructure, governance and the political economy will be examined.

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of city making. The focus will be on a cutting-edge, high-density urban infill project, Central Park, in contemporary Sydney. We will use this project to explore the interdependencies of the professions at play; urban design, architecture, construction management, planning, landscape architecture, interior architecture and industrial design. Besides, design innovations in green technologies, structure, construction, environmental and building service, framing this within the wider context of infrastructure, governance and the political economy will be examined.