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URBANST 167: Green Mobilities for the Suburbs of the Future

Much of the recent academic discussion of the future of urban mobility has stressed the likelihood of a concentration of all urban functions in dense urban centers. The need for sustainability, so the argument goes, will make cities ¿more like Manhattan¿ with high-rise clustering, residences close to work, pedestrian and bicycle pathways, and a heavy emphasis on mass transit. But a recent US Census report indicates that center-city urban growth in America has begun to level off while suburbs continue to grow vigorously, and the suburban residential option remains highly attractive both to the established middle-class populations in the advanced industrial nations and to the emerging middle-classes in Asia and Latin America. As a result, the real urban sustainability challenge of the future will be the task of greening the suburbs with the use of mobility policies that are necessarily very different from those needed in dense urban centers. In addition, the automobile industry will face two very different design and marketing challenges ¿ one for center cities and quite another for more spatially diffuse suburbs.Working together, students in this undergraduate seminar will explore these issues, hear from suburban planners and developers concerned about sustainability challenges, and engage in the re-design of suburbs and suburban mobility options for the future.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Stout, F. (PI)
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