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Fall 2013-2014
ARC 519   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Climate Change, Adaptation and Urban Design

Guy J.P. Nordenson

Climate change adaptation is a pressing and difficult challenge to urban design, ecological and engineering planning theory and practice. It is clear that architects, planners, engineers and designers have an important role to help cities contend with climate adaptation. This seminar reviews the general state of science and practice of climate change and adaptation with a primary focus on the United States. It looks to the work of Frederick Law Olmsted for some of the theoretical basis of developing an approach to climate adaptation that is democratic and progressive and evaluate the impediments which restrict change.

Sample reading list:
K Emanuel, What we know about climate change
E Kolbert, Field notes from a catastrophe
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will produce a midterm paper and in the second half of the term will work in groups of 2 or 3 to study the existing climate change and adaptation situation and plans in one of 4 US cities: Seattle WA, Houston TX, Miami FL and Providence RI. Each team will lead class discussions and presentations on their research including provision of readings in advance of their class. Each student will also be responsible for an individual final paper based on their group's research.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
24570 S01 9:30 am - 12:20 pm W        Enrolled:6 Limit:15