Environmental Considerations in the City of Berkeley & UC Berkeley Campus


Your 1st Page:

Aaron’s presentation (and Todd too) highlighted significant environmental factors influencing and shaping the built environment in Berkeley. For example: zoning; building heights; open views; sustainability; downtown development; ride sharing; how some projects of economic values can be justified despite their environmental impacts; (A) to (F) continuum of traffic/movement flow; . . . and urban management. In one page, (i) pick two of the of the most significant factors in your views and provide a critical overview on what you like or dislike about them, (ii) can they contradict the social and ecological values discussed in earlier classes, and (iii) what recommendations you may suggest to the city improve that.

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Your 2nd Page,

As a metaphor, Todd presented how the UC Berkeley is similar to Texas or DC. Aaron’s elaborated on that too. Explain how the campus planning overlap with the surrounding out-of-campus built environment. Elaborate on how the UC-Berkeley investment can have an impact on the downtown. Lastly, give one suggestion to improve this relationship.


In addition to the readings, the presentations can be found here:

Environmental Labels & Certificates


Environmental labels and certificates are widely seen as a tool to provide greener buildings. Corporates, hotels and developers sought to achieve such certificates in varies level from bronze, silver, gold to platinum. In one page summarize the different critiques given by Abdalla et al 2011 and Tolksdorf et al 2014. In your 2nd page, and as per the discussion in class and the short video, explain where do you stand in relation to the usefulness of such certification system.

Strongly Agree

Agree Somehow Disagree Strongly Disagree
4 3 2



  • Strongly Agree (4): means you believe it is a step forward and better than nothing
  • Strongly Disagree (1): means you think it is useless and miss leading and many other un certified buildings equally green

Climate Change & Sound Land Use Planning


Gondo (2013) presented several controversial ideas about climate adaptation using the Ethiopian model. At times, pp 88, he frames Ethiopia as a leading developing country in recognizing the importance of green infrastructure, and in other times, pp 91, he argues that urban planning authorities are less prepared to boost the resilience and adaptive capabilities of their cities. From the overall reading, in one page, discuss your own views on the importance inter-governmental cooperation and interdisciplinary approach to deal with climate change in urban & land use planning. In half a page /one paragraph, and according to Bohannon (2010), articulate the main challenges the Nile Delta is facing and suggest main three guiding principles to deal with challenges.


Social & Spatial Justice


Harvey’s chapter brings in the spatial dimension to capitalism and market trade. He also brings the working class into the discourse. In one page, using the example from the US or France, summarize his views on capitalism and its relation to spatial injustice. In your second page explain the main forces that Soja believe derives injustice and how? Then, in your views and according to their importance, rank the four approaches (by Haughton) to achieving just sustainable urban development and why do you ranked them in this order of importance.