Selected Topics in Urban Affairs
MET UA 510
UA510 is the designation for "Special Topics in Planning". The subject matter for UA510 courses changes from semester to semester, and more than one UA510 can be offered in a given semester.
Fall 2014 - MET UA510 B1 - "History of Metropolitan Boston"
This course provides an historical overview of Boston's metropolitan development, from the earliest country estates to suburban sprawl and the smart growth movement. The course is based upon the recent book The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth (The MIT Press, 2013). It provides historical context for understanding the region's contemporary planning efforts that are addressing the challenges of low-density sprawl, climate change, and the global information age economy. Affordable Housing Finance highlights how successful developers integrate expertise in real estate development, public policy expertise, and political acumen to produce high quality affordable housing and community revitalization. Key affordable housing policies and tools are discussed, with a primary focus on financing and community development strategies. The course addresses the issues of developing affordable housing and creative practices used to breakdown regulatory and other barriers. Guests include affordable housing practitioners and financiers to discuss process and challenges in the field.
Fall 2014 - MET UA510 C1 - "International Approaches to Urban Sustainability"
This course offers a comprehensive, yet critical understanding of the competing theories and practices of sustainable development as applied in cities. Topics include land use, transportation, brownfields redevelopment, community land trusts, green architecture, renewable energy, food systems, air and water pollution, and waste recycling. Furthermore, through a comparative study of sustainable practices in cities, students learn about the constraints and opportunities different cities confront. Looking at cities through a "sustainability" lens promotes understanding of multiple interrelated issues and the need for collaboration to achieve sustainability. The approach is interdisciplinary.