The progressive growth of the urban population, cities and urbanized areas, associated with the worsening of environmental, economic and social problems, has encouraged the paradigm shift in the current urban development model. This change has also been reflected in the urban and territorial policies, as well in the instruments for planning and implementing the development of cities, which have been reoriented to find strategies and sustainable design solutions, guided by ecological values. Starting from recent approaches to territorial and urban planning, it will arrive at those of ecological urbanism, which places the project and planning as central elements to achieve sustainable results, and then return again to the theme of urban policies to deepen issues and validate guidelines urban development
Explore how cities are governed, contested and shaped through access and control over resources and infrastructures. Develop a critical perspective to analyze the complex socio-ecological interactions that constitute cities by examining a series of case studies that involve the uneven and unjust distribution of water, sanitation and electricity supply services.
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course introduces the concept of just sustainabilities and applies it to the urban
built environment in order to develop a comprehensive strategy for urban transformation.
Cities need urban transformation to become sustainable and resilient. Current efforts focused on environmental sustainability within cities are often focused on technological innovations and economic development and lack considerations of equity and social justice. This is apparent in the building sector; high-performance, high-tech, high-efficiency buildings are occupied by wealthy people or companies, lacking true transformative potential. Likewise efforts to create affordable housing lack consideration of environmental sustainability such as using unoccupied buildings and high efficiency social housing. There is a need to figure out how to address these issues together. Urban transformations have to utilize just sustainabilities; simultaneous considerations of environmental sustainability and social justice. But, this can be challenging and concrete examples for that are rare. This course introduces the concept of just sustainabilities and applies it to the urban built environment in order to develop a comprehensive strategy for urban transformation.