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.
- The principles of ecodesign and why it is important as a response to the current disorganized urban growth model
- Ways to adapt to a changing climate, and ways to mitigate climate change locally
- Policies to balance auto and airplane transportation with walking, cycling, transit and high-speed rail
- Ways of designing urban and suburban regulations to make cities more livable and environmentally compatible
- Strategies for designing and managing the public realm, plus Innovative arrangements and processes for implementing ecodesign
Jonathan Barnett is one of the pioneers of the modern practice of city design. As a professor of city and regional planning and director of the graduate urban design program at the University of Pennsylvania, and as a professor, critic or lecturer at many other universities in the United States, Australia, China, Korea, and Brazil, Jonathan Barnett has helped educate more than a generation of city designers.
Jonathan Barnett was also director of urban design for the New York City Planning Department, and has had long-term consulting relationships with the cities of Charleston, S.C., Cleveland, Kansas City, Nashville, Norfolk, Miami, Omaha, and Pittsburgh, as well as advising cities in China and Korea.
He is the author of many books and articles about urban design, including City Design: Modernist, Traditional, Green, and Systems Perspectives – an enlarged second edition of this book was published by Routledge in 2016
Larry Beasley is a senior urbanist leader in Canada. He is the Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning and urban design consultancy. He sits on the Board of TransLink, his province’s integrated transportation agency.
For many years he directed the innovative, transformative planning service for the City of Vancouver. More recently, he founded the progressive Urban Planning Council in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and the civic Urban Design Studio in Dallas, Texas. He has also been a developer in Canada.
He now teaches, writes and advises on urbanism around the world, including initiatives, or a profile, in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Washington, D.C., Dallas, and other cities in North America, as well as in Rotterdam, Moscow, the Nordic countries, Australia, and New Zealand.
He is a Member of the Order of Canada, his nation’s highest civilian honour for lifetime achievement and has also received the Kevin Lynch Prize from MIT.