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Cities, Technology and the Environment


Units: 6


This mini will explore the interaction of cities, technology and the natural environment over time. More specifically, it will consider several major issues confronting cities today: (1) water supply, wastewater and storm water disposal and flooding; (2) Energy and Environment; (3) Transportation, suburbanization and land use; and (4) Brownfield creation and development.  In a number of instances, the Pittsburgh region will be used to provide examples of these issues. These themes will be approached through a combination of class discussions, lectures, and visiting speakers. Class participation is expected, and will comprise a portion of the grade.  Students will be expected to prepare a problem-oriented paper on one of the areas focused on in the course.