Course Description

The urban context in which city engineers practice is increasingly complex, as the human-built environment becomes increasingly entangled with social, economic, and ecological systems and sub-systems.

As a result of taking CIVL 475, you are a systems thinker, aware of important environmental stewardship concepts and interventions pertinent to urban infrastructure design and operations, who has insights into, and is able to contribute to, the management of complex, difficult-to-address, urban challenges.

We first explore the ecosystem approach to urban design and operations, and then co-create knowledge of how this perspective plays out in aspects of urban infrastructure design, operations, and policy.  You will thus learn about selected aspects of a variety of urban infrastructure systems, including ecological infrastructure, energy, water, transportation, and more. Critically, interactions between urban infrastructure systems and selected societal issues and policies related to these systems, are uncovered.

This course is intended for the mature learner who is able to direct his/her learning toward personal interests related to environmental stewardship and engineering practice.