ENVI 411
Environmental planning workshop: community-based environmental problem solving Fall 2018 Cross-listed as ENVI411 / AMST302

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This interdisciplinary, experiential workshop course introduces students to the field of planning through community-based projects. Environmental Planning encompasses many fields pertaining to the natural and built landscape such as city planning, sustainable design, natural resource planning, landscape design, agricultural planning, climate planning, transportation planning, and community development. Students will get out of the classroom and gain direct experience working on the planning process in the greater Berkshire region. The class is organized into two parts. Part 1 focuses on reading and discussion of the planning literature: history, theory, policy, ethics, and legal framework. Part 2 focuses on project work in which students apply the concepts learned to tackle an actual community problem. 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 research, interviews, survey research, mapping, and site design. 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 workshop 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, hands-on design, and team work. The class culminates in a public presentation of each team’s planning study.
The Class: Type: seminar discussion/group workshop/project lab
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 1582
Requirements/Evaluation: short written exercises, class discussion, class presentations, final group report
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or permission of instructor; open to juniors and seniors only
Enrollment Preference: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Department Notes: required course for Environmental Studies major and concentration
Distribution Notes: does not meet Division 1, 2, or 3 requirements
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives; ENVI Core Courses; EXPE Experiential Education Courses; SCST Related Courses

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