Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs

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Too often modern cities and suburbs are disorganized places where most new development makes daily life less pleasant, creates more traffic congestion, and contributes to climate change. This trend has to change; and our course is going to show you how.

Ecodesign means integrating planning, urban design and the conservation of natural systems to produce a sustainable built and natural environment. Ecodesign can be implemented through normal business practices and the kinds of capital programs and regulations already in use in most communities. We will show you how ecodesign has already been used for exceptional projects in many cities and suburbs—from Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm to False Creek North in Vancouver to Battery Park City in Manhattan, as well as many smaller-scale examples that can be adopted in any community. Cities and suburbs built according to ecodesign principles can and should become normal, instead of just a f...

Too often modern cities and suburbs are disorganized places where most new development makes daily life less pleasant, creates more traffic congestion, and contributes to climate change. This trend has to change; and our course is going to show you how.

Ecodesign means integrating planning, urban design and the conservation of natural systems to produce a sustainable built and natural environment. Ecodesign can be implemented through normal business practices and the kinds of capital programs and regulations already in use in most communities. We will show you how ecodesign has already been used for exceptional projects in many cities and suburbs—from Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm to False Creek North in Vancouver to Battery Park City in Manhattan, as well as many smaller-scale examples that can be adopted in any community. Cities and suburbs built according to ecodesign principles can and should become normal, instead of just a few special examples, transforming urban development into desirable, lower-carbon, compact and walkable communities and business centers.

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.

Ecodesign thinking is relevant to anyone who has a part in shaping or influencing the future of cities and suburbs – citizens, students, designers, public officials, and politicians. At the conclusion of the course participants will have the tools and strategies necessary to advocate policies and projects for a neighbourhood or urban district using the ecodesign framework.

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2 years, 9 months ago
I really enjoyed taking the Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs course. It was dynamic, with many exercises that lead us to reflect on our local problems under the challenge of solutions to global problems and in the light of experiences of localities around the world. The course is very motivating for proactive attitudes to make positive changes in our community.
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2 years, 9 months ago
I found this to be an excellent course, with great application to my day-to-day work. The instructors are not only extremely knowledgeable, but very effective at communicating their ideas. The material was varied and held my interest. The organization of the materials was very good. The EdX platform worked very well and was user-friendly.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
The course is filled with practical ideas. Lots of examples were given to the principles advocated. It do opens up a new window to me. I recommend it to people who are interested in or concerns about the city planning and development.
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8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
The contect was insightful; I especially appreciated the links to guides and technical documents. Course topics, discussion posts by other students, and project examples are a source of ideas. The instructors were knowledgeable and respectful. The online course provider preformed very well.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
This course is highly recommended for professional that is working or studying in this profession. I'd learned a lot to this course. the subject had been properly and concisely explained. The solutions that they discussed i think there are feasible in cities.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
Very interesting course, recommended for urbanistic architects, public and private sector. Very interesting the concepts they develop as well as the variety of examples they show. I rated the provider on average because some videos were not reproduced correctly with subtitles.
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2 years, 9 months ago
Very interesting course with practical and inspirational content on how to transition cities and suburbs to a more environmentally sustainable model. I found the platform very effective and the instructors knowledgeable and accessible.
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2 years, 9 months ago
This isn't just another course on Sustainability issues. I enrolled to gain some practical knowledge on sustainable urban design and I found myself involved very deeply in the explanations shown (which are conveniently divided into several videos each week, making it very smooth and enjoyable to follow), reflecting upon local and global issues, looking at my own city and the space where I live with different eyes. The professors Beasley and Barnett, with a wide knowledge and experience in these issues, talk about the urgency to change the urban growth patterns, balance transportation, make cities more compact and livable, adapt to climate change already in progress and mitigate it locally... and HOW to do it, with a special focus on collaboration between stakeholders, dialogue and citizen participation... All explained through real success stories, very clearly explained examples that make the contents easy and interesting to follow.... This isn't just another course on Sustainability issues. I enrolled to gain some practical knowledge on sustainable urban design and I found myself involved very deeply in the explanations shown (which are conveniently divided into several videos each week, making it very smooth and enjoyable to follow), reflecting upon local and global issues, looking at my own city and the space where I live with different eyes. The professors Beasley and Barnett, with a wide knowledge and experience in these issues, talk about the urgency to change the urban growth patterns, balance transportation, make cities more compact and livable, adapt to climate change already in progress and mitigate it locally... and HOW to do it, with a special focus on collaboration between stakeholders, dialogue and citizen participation... All explained through real success stories, very clearly explained examples that make the contents easy and interesting to follow. I encourage everyone to take this course, anyone who is interested in urban issues, students but also professors to show these "ecodesign" principles and examples to their students, government officials and the general public, anyone who cares for the greater good and their own living conditions... If the contents of this course were widely shared, understood and taken into practice, the world would not be in the situation in which it is at the moment and our cities and shared spaces would be much more sustainable AND liveable. It is a challenging, inspiring and optimistic course.
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Marie-Louise Anastas

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
This course was inspiring with its practical solutions and examples around the world where cities are adapting to climate change and creating environments that are good for people and the environment. The instructors were passionate experts who engaged their audience, inspiring us to create our own urban design solutions.
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Naslha Espinal

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
The content was well structured and substantial, just enough information to cover the basics plus a little more to spark your curiosity about each of the lessons' topics. Both instructors brought something to the table while being precise and very understandable. Overall, great course with an amazing pace and flow.
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Çiğdem Tuğaç

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
Thank you for this course... Both Prof Larry Beasley and Prof Jonathan Barnett are great. Their book and video lessons are very helpful to my PhD thesis. The format of the course is suitable to follow whenever you want. The selected titles for per week are very interesting to discuss. I recommend to this course to everybody who interested in eco-designing of the cities subject.
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2 years, 9 months ago
Very informative and practical class! Great explanations of the course material and enough activities and interactive polls to keep students tuned in.
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Mhd.Belal Hashem

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2 years, 10 months ago
I'm Very excited about this course, because of it's very Valuable with its content dealing with Eco design ( Urban Design, Urban planning , Suburbs Planning , Ecology system. the instructors of this course Are the best in this issues and we will learn a lot from them best regards for them efforts. Edx is the best.
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