Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Description
Schich, Maximilian
Discipline and Number
ATEC 6389 Section 001
R Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Understanding Urban Ecologies

Description of Course:

In this course we aim to explore, analyze, and understand real and virtual urban environments from the perspective of urban aesthetics, urban complexity, urban history, urban planning, urban scaling, urban sensing, economics, geoscience, and human mobility, including navigation. Participants are encouraged to bring a wide variety of interests and expertise to the table. Ideally our collaboration includes ATEC students that deal with, operate in, and aim to create authentic urban environments. Participants from the arts and humanities, business, data science, emerging media and communication, geoscience, economics, engineering, public policy, and social science are explicitly invited to add additional aspects, maximizing our common insight. In terms of outcome, we will work towards a common result in a series of weekly assignments.

Required Texts:

For virtual site visits:
- Google Earth & StreetView (ideally combined with a 3Dconnexion controller)

Selected literature:
- M. Batty, K.W. Axhausen, F. Giannotti, A. Pdzdnoukov, A. Bazzanni, M. Wachowitz, G. Ouzounis, and Y. Protugali,
Smart cities of the future. EPJ Special Topics 214, 418-518 (2012) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjst/e2012-01703-3
- M. Batty:
The New Science of Cities. (Cambridge/MA: MIT-Press, 2013).
- L. Benevolo:
The History of the City (Cambridge/MA: MIT-Press, 1980).

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Interest in multidisciplinary research and collaboration. Active interest in charting uncovered terrain.

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