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Course NameSustainable Urban Development
InstructorImura, Hidefumi
MajorMajor Subjects
Course goalsThe students are supposed to acquire the following capacity after taking this course.
(1) To acquire his/her own judgment criteria on sustainable urban development which takes good balance between environment and economic activities.
(2) To be able to make evaluation of actual urban development cases in Yokohama, Kawasaki and other familiar municipalities, in terms of environmental consideration and sustainability.
(3) To be able to understand and discuss urban issues and future city planning in English.
Course outlineYokohama City has been designated by the World Bank as one of the model “ECO2 Cities”, where progressive and innovative projects are successfully implemented achieving a good balance between economic growth and environmental considerations. The City has also won the official designation of “FutureCity” by the Cabinet Office of Japan. Taking these facts into consideration, this course provides students with historic perspective of municipal experiences as well as current condition of urban development and environmental policies. The lecture will introduce and focus on the new concept of “ECO2”, or “Ecological Cities as Economic Cities”, which has been proposed by the World Bank. By learning this conceptual framework, students would be able to understand and analyze the actual cases of urban planning with solid theoretical background. Students are supposed to discuss the ideal method of urban planning and how the cities should look like.
In the group work session of this class, the students will be divided into several groups in accordance with key issues in urban development and environment. The groups will make presentations in front of class audience on the result of their problem-analysis and solutions to such problems. Thus, the course will be offered with a good balance between lectures and group discussion. Students’ active participation is strongly encouraged during the discussion. Interactive communication is important for this class.
The lecture will be conducted entirely in English as a 4-day intensive course.
The lecturer is Professor Hidefumi Imura from Global Cooperation Institute of Sustainable Cities. In addition to Professor Imura, guest lecturers will also be invited from municipal governments and other appropriate organizations, who are expected to share their own hands-on experience of city planning as practitioner.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesThe students will be evaluated comprehensively with multiple criteria including quality of presentations. Contribution to class discussion will be most important.
PrerequisitesSince the entire course will be conducted in English, the students are required to have strong will to participate in the class in English.
Texts, materials, and suppliesThe World Bank, ECO2 Cities- Ecological Cities as Economic Cities, English Version (2010) & Japanese Version (2014)
For other textbooks, reference materials or videos, instructions will be given as needed.
RemarkThis lecture will be jointly conducted for graduate school’s Special Lecture (Sustainable Urban Development).
Course Schedule/Plan(Day 1)
1. Introduction: Paradigm shift of global environment and cities
2. Climate change and cities, Renewal of urban resources and energy
3. The world Bank’s “ECO2”conceptand approach
(Day 2)
1. Population increase and cities- Environment and development issues in megacities in developing nations (Water, Waste management, etc.)
2. Urban development and water- Water problems in the world
3. Case studies of municipalities (1) : Yokohama and Kawasaki city. (Offered by guest lecturers)
(Day 3)
1. Case studies of Asian cities: Discussion
2. Urban development and public health (infectious disease, etc.)
3. Group work and discussion
(Day 4)
1. Case studies of municipalities (2) : Yokohama and Kawasaki city. (Offered by guest lecturers)
2. Green innovation and green economy of cities
3. Overall summary of the course
4. Final exam