BSCI 40195/GEOG 41195/ARCH 46995/GEOL 41695 The City of Florence: Achieving Balance Between Architecture and Ecology
Course Name: BSCI 40195/GEOG 41195/ARCH 46995/GEOL 41695 The City of Florence: Achieving Balance Between Architecture and Ecology
Description: Humans interact with their environment in a variety of ways while at the same time depending on the environment to meet their needs for drinking water, recreation, healthy air, etc. Humankind builds to provide shelter, create products, provide transportation, etc. When human populations are dense, predominant land use becomes urban. Design and construction of buildings, pathways, and public spaces impact the natural environment and create unique ecological interactions. In this course, we will consider the ecology and design of the urban environment. We will cover a range of topics from urban setting biological diversity to green infrastructure. Each week will feature field trips to important sites that illustrate the underlying science and design.
These topics will be considered in the context of the urban fabric and landscape of Florence, Italy. The historic center of this ancient city was built centuries before our current ideas of sustainability and is at the heart of a highly populated metropolitan area with over 1.5 million inhabitants. The Tuscany region where Florence is located includes significant agricultural activities and agritourism.
Credit Hours: 3