Topics in Environmental Studies - Building American Style: Land-Use Policies and Rules
Americans have built and preserved an astounding variety of environments. The course examines the evolving complex of incentives and regulations that drove the choices of where and how places developed. It focuses on the emergence of land-use and environmental planning as a way to encourage or discourage growth and to mitigate or intensify its environmental, social, and economic effects.We will examine the latest tools for building and protecting the American landscape. Case studies include Southern California, New Haven, the American Great Plains, and others. Analysis will be from historical, policy-oriented, and predictive perspectives.
Sample reading list:
Robert Fishman (ed.), The American Planning Tradition: Culture and Policy
Rutherford Platt (ed.), The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century
Douglas Rae, City: Urbanism and its End
D. J. Waldie, Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir
Theodore Steinberg, Down to Earth: Nature's Role in American History
Students will read approximately 200 pages per week; two take-home exams, and a term paper.
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Other Exam - 20%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Not Open to Freshmen.
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