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Just Sustainable Transformations: The Psychology of Sustainability
SOCIAL CITIES
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Teacher: Bianca C. Dreyer

Just Sustainable Transformations: The Psychology of Sustainability

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.

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.

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Social Cities: Militant Architecture and Social Movements
SOCIAL CITIES
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Teacher: Bernardo Amaral

Social Cities: Militant Architecture and Social Movements

Everyday, all around the world, there are architects working together with grassroots movements, designing cities and territories collectively and bottom-up. Militant architects, that apply their knowledge as a tool and tactic for political and urban changes, such as universal access to housing, a greener urban environment, self-managed and inclusive collective spaces, and others. Along this course we will debate the relationship between architectural praxis and social struggles, its tools and protocols.

Insurgent Urbanism: From Activism to Public Policies
SOCIAL CITIES
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Teacher: Laura Sobral

Insurgent Urbanism: From Activism to Public Policies

There are many ways to be an active citizen, contributing positively to your city: from daily practices, to organization in groups, the exercise of professional practice, and the construction of public policies that allow for a more democratic city-making.

 
This course brings cases and discussions so that you can see different levels of action and their possibilities for convergence and empowerment. The idea is that everyone as citizens can envision possibilities for action, as well as insurgent urban professionals, being able to act at various scales.


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