ENVI 411
Environmental Planning Workshop: Community-Based Experience Fall 2018

Cross-listed AMST 302 / ENVI 411
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This interdisciplinary, experiential workshop introduces students to the field of planning through community-based projects. Environmental Planning encompasses many disciplines pertaining to the natural and built landscape such as city planning, ecological design, climate resiliency, natural resource planning, landscape architecture, agricultural and food systems, walkable neighborhood design, energy planning, and community development, to name a few. In this workshop, students regularly get out of the classroom and gain direct experience working in the greater Berkshire region. The class is organized into two parts. Part 1 involves reading and discussion of the planning literature: history, theory, policy, ethics, and legal framework, site visits, and concludes with a design project. Part 2 focuses on hands-on field work tackling an actual planning project under the guidance of a community partner. Small teams of students, working in conjunction with a client in the region and under supervision of the instructor, conduct a planning project using all the tools of a planner, including interviews, survey research, site visits, primary research, mapping, and site design and other activities as demanded by the particular project. The project work draws on students’ academic training and extracurricular activities, and applies creative, design thinking techniques to solve thorny problems. The midterm assignment is a creative landscape/site design project. The lab sections include field trips, GIS mapping labs, project-related skill sessions, public meetings, and team project work. The course includes several class presentations and students will gain skills in public speaking, preparing presentations, interviewing, survey research, report-writing, design, and teamwork. The class culminates in an on-site public presentation of each team’s planning study.
The Class: Type: seminar discussion/group workshop/project lab
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 1582
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short writing assignments, class discussion, team projects, class presentations, final group public presentation and report
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of instructor; open to juniors and seniors only
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Unit Notes: required course for Environmental Studies major and concentration
Distributions: No divisional credit
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 302 ENVI 411
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Core Courses
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SCST Related Courses

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