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Spring 2016-2017
ARC 492 / URB 492 / ENV 492   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in the Formal Analysis of the Urban Structure - Environmental Challenges of Urban Sprawl

Mario I. Gandelsonas


As part of the search for solutions to climate, water and energy challenges in a rapidly urbanizing world, it is crucial to understand and reassess the role of exurban sprawl in the environment. This interdisciplinary course aims to add theoretical, pragmatic and cultural dimensions to scientific, technological, and policy aspects of current environmental challenges, in an effort to bridge the environmental sciences, urbanism and the humanities

Sample reading list:
C. Fishman, The Big Thirst: Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
A. Townsend, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers
T. Morton, Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics
J. Rifkin, The Third Industrial Revolution
M. Gandelsonas, X-Urbanism, architecture and the American City

Reading/Writing assignments:
The seminar hopes to provide a forum where students can develop research interests that might culminate publishable materials, booklets, devices, or an exhibition. It is possible that invited guests be asked to participate in workshops where students can begin to test out ideas and projects. A GIS mapping training session at the beginning of the course will be required of all students. (Note: Other 30% = Exploratory assignments and development of final projects).

Design Project - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Students who are interested in enrolling in this course should email Christina Lipsky ( with the following information: Class year, Major and certificate programs, Why do you want to take this class?, Relevant previous courses. Optional: Please explain the relevance of one of your previous courses. If applicable, please elaborate on your previous relevant experience:

Reserved Seats:
Open to COS Concentrators Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42814 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Architecture Building   N107   Enrolled:10 Limit:20