Graphic depicting flow of agriculture, medicine, engineering, plant growth

In an ever-urbanizing world, having an understanding of the systems that support, maintain, and optimize human conditions will be critical in responding to a changing climate. Through the lens of Resilience, this course looks at the nexus represented by urban settlements: where the demand for productive energy, water, and food systems all come together in support of human endeavors.

This course will utilize lecture, discussion, and exercises to explore both the nature of urban systems, and the primary drivers affecting their look and operation in the future.  Students will learn from the Instructor and Guest Professionals, to identify and analyze the forms and functions of different systems, factors leading to their optimization, and trends affecting how they’ll look and operate in the future.