URBDP 498A / 598F ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING


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The focus of this course is on the integration of principles of ecosystem dynamics and resilience

int urban planning and decision-making. The course builds on complex systems theory and explore

its application to coupled human-ecological systems through 4 modules: 1) theories of

environmental planning, 2) methods of environmental assessment, 3) integrated modeling,

scenarios, and strategic foresight, and 4) collaborative adaptive management and planning.

Together these modules are used to frame and address critical transitions and resilience in

urban ecosystems in the Puget Sound region. Students learn techniques for developing

scenarios, building models, assessing resilience and devising management strategies. The

course builds on a broad range of approaches including strategic environmental

assessment, place-based analysis, life-cycle analysis, risk assessment, and adaptive

collaborative planning.


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