The course presents an overview of issues related to sustainable development and planning in order to assist students in developing the area(s) they'd like to focus on professionally.  As part of the course, students are provided the opportunity to work with a client on a real project. 

This course satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-SUSTCOMM (formally BS-EnvDes) majors.
Examines physical elements that compose a variety of visual environments including gardens and paintings; the cultural values underlying different types of American landscapes, from wilderness to cities; and the ways in which other cultures perceive, use, and create their own visual environments. (Gen.Ed. AT)
In this seminar, we will examine how urban environments operate as places of refuge and/or peril for persons that primarily define themselves by their race, gender, or sexual expression. To understand this spatial dichotomy, we will survey materials (e.g., film, memoirs, news accounts, scholarly writing) that emphasize their voice, their point of view, and potential conflicts with mainstream society. As a secondary theme, we will also note how capitalism, neighborhood succession, and/or gentrification may amplify their experiences.
Since the rise of urban civilization, vegetated public space has been a strategy to enhance the experience of living in cities. The purpose of this course is to explore the theoretical and practical expressions of this urban greening aspiration, defined here as the introduction or conservation of outdoor flora in cities. Toward this goal, the course is organized in two parts: First, we will analyze the various discourses that have, and are currently, animating urban greening practice. Second, we will explore how urban greening is expressing itself in cities around the world today. This combined inquiry into theory and practice will enhance students' ability to develop urban greening strategies that respond to the needs of 21st century cities.