Instructor: Gregory Kiss
This course will be part of the 2050 City project, which evaluates the full environmental and spatial footprint of a city of one million people in the year 2050. We evaluate urban processes with two metrics: energy and land area, in a comprehensive approach that includes all components of environmental impact. These include operating and embodied energy for building operation, travel (internal and external), production (at every scale from consumer products to buildings and infrastructure), and food. In the course we will refine these parameters and begin the process of visualizing the city and its relationship to the rest of the world. We will address a range of questions, including:
• What is the size of a totally self-sustaining city?
• Can the 2050 City footprint be reduced to a size that maintains adequate urban density?
• If the 2050 City is not totally self-contained, what would realistic or optimal levels of self-sustainability be?
• We will consider how variations in lifestyle, including diet, housing standards, and travel affect the urban footprint.
• So far the 2050 City study has assumed a new city in an undeveloped site in generalized climate zones. We will begin
to apply the 2050 model to actual sites and real microclimates.
We will engage in design exercises that question the appropriate scale of sustainability in 2050:
• What is the value of self-sustaining buildings and neighborhoods within a city (building and neighborhood scale)?
• Explore urban design scenarios for the self-sustaining city (city scale).
• Develop scenarios for new relationships between cities and between cities and the countryside (regional scale).
The outcome will be a report that includes projections for urban energy and water use, food production with spatial and energy footprints, and conceptual plans and diagrams of new urban infrastructures and their integration with the city core.