Designing “our urban realm” for the Future | Radhika Haridas

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Module (1)

This module takes a look at how cities were formed, the role of industrialization in city formation and how the agglomeration of population in such cities could possibly manage and reduce the harm done to the natural environment. It looks at the history of environmental planning, before industrial revolution and analyses the cities of London, New York and Shanghai in terms of the 3E’s of Sustainability – the social, economic and environmental – as a scale to define the city- before, and after industrialization or Industrial Revolution.

Module (2)

This module looks at the contemporary challenges faced by society with respect to the environment it is part of, such as – social resiliency, urbanization process & deforestation, social justice, climate change & land-use planning, environmental labeling & certification. The module dives into each topic through studying and analysing various case-studies which have been selected as an example of solving the issue of concern, through urban design/management strategies.

Module (3)

This module looks at decision makers at the local, regional and national scale who’s decisions are important in the decision making of whether or not a development should be allowed, depending on the extent of their impact on the environment. This module describes the role of the City of Berkeley and the University of Berkeley as the two main forces of decision making in the local scale. It looks at the tri-state environmental commission of New York-New Jersey-Connecticut on the regional scale and impact assessment tools of NEPA and CEQA at the national scale.

Module (4)

This module is a look at the roles of various people in the field of design and others who are in a position to influence the way we live today. It analyses their professional abilities and the change they can bring to planning for a better, sustainable future. As the last module of this report, this module tries to draw conclusions at who is at power of changing the way people live today, for better.

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