Creating Green Cities & Sustainable Futures
Cornell University 3-credit course taught by Alex Kudryavtsev 

Learn how "green" ideas can affect city planning

In this course, you'll examine the past, present, and future of the ecological city and the technological and social forces that shape it.

You'll look at various aspects of an ecologically sound and socially just urban society, including

  • Alternative transportation

  • Renewable energy

  • Green infrastructure

  • Recycling and resource management

  • Sustainable economics


You'll learn about the history of environmental city development in the Western planning tradition, focusing on the classic period as well as 19th-century garden city planning. In addition, you'll review present-day efforts to apply these approaches in the face of current challenges.

Throughout the course, you'll dive into case studies and review the cultural and political issues that impact environmental efforts.

Program Highlights

  • Explore how "green" ideas have shaped city planning in the past.

  • Learn about early efforts to establish solar design, mass transit, and green infrastructure.

  • Look at contemporary efforts to apply sustainable resource management to urban systems and infrastructure.

  • Understand how natural systems influence and are influenced by human activities.

  • Express your thoughts about daily readings in a creative journal, to which you are encouraged to bring your creativity, relevant personal experiences, poetry, art, prose, drawings, and more.

Alex Kudryavtsev ● Cornell University ● 2020

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