Project-based introduction to the contemporary city as a complex system within a context of limited resources and competing interests. Learn to assess scenarios for the purpose of formulating social, economic and design strategies that provide optimized solutions that are humane and sustainable. Group projects develop and advocate visions for housing, urban planning, regeneration of natural ecologies and other sectors of the city. Travel may be involved that will be funded, but not required. Includes exercises in written and oral communication and team building. Limited to 15 participants. Preference to freshmen.