Design for Sustainable Urban Futures

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Note: room changed from 9-250 to N52-337

Design for Sustainable Urban Futures introduces concepts from industrial ecology, ecological economics, regional material and energy flows, and urban resource assessment to consider a future of resource-efficient cities. This class presents the latest research on the opportunities and challenges for decoupling urban resource consumption from the growth of the city. The class will participate in an ongoing research project examining the resource intensity of African Cities being conducted by the Urban Metabolism Group at MIT. The project includes the development of a typology of African urban resource consumption and a detailed mapping of select cities of the continent in terms of the acquisition and distribution of critical resources including water, energy, food, materials etc. Results from student work will be shared with African partners of the Urban Metabolism Group during a workshop to be held in Capetown in June 2015.