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University of Calgary Calendar 2013-2014 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions E Environmental Design EVDS
Environmental Design EVDS

The following list of courses, offered by members of the Faculty of Environmental Design and members of other departments in the University, is specific to the 2013-2014 academic year. Students are advised that some of the courses listed below may not be offered in 2013-2014 if special circumstances require that they be dropped. Students should consult with the EVDS Graduate Program Administrator before registering for any course.

Environmental Design 401       Introduction to Environmental Design
An examination of the central concepts of environmental design, delivered in an online format.  Topics include: the natural, built and human environments, and interdisciplinary issues. 
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Environmental Design 501       Interdisciplinary Seminar
Conceptual frameworks in Environmental Design and theories related to design and environment that influence environmental design thinking and practice.
Course Hours:
H(4-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Open only to students in the MArch degree program.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for both Environmental Design 501 and Architectural Studies 483 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Students are strongly encouraged to complete Environmental Design 501 prior to entering their second year of study.
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Environmental Design 523       Sustainability in the Built Environment
The principle of sustainability recognizes people as temporary stewards of their environments, working toward a respect for natural systems and a higher quality of life. Examination of the built environment and the tools to achieve a stable and balanced and a regenerative ecosystem in a process of responsible consumption, wherein waste is minimized and the built environment interacts with natural environments and cycles. Healthful interior environments, resource efficiency, ecologically benign materials, renewable energies and social justice issues are examined.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Open to senior undergraduates with permission of instructor, and MArch Foundation year students.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for both Environmental Design 523 and Architectural Studies 423 will not be allowed.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 623)
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Environmental Design 583       Special Topics in Environmental Design
Thematic inquiry and design related to urban design, architecture, environmental science, industrial design and planning.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Environmental Design 597       Special Topics in Environmental Design
Thematic inquiry and design related to urban design, architecture, environmental science, industrial design and planning.
Course Hours:
Q(3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Graduate Courses
Environmental Design 601       Interdisciplinary Seminar
Conceptual frameworks in Environmental Design and theories related to design and environment that influence environmental design thinking and practice.
Course Hours:
H(4-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for both Environmental Design 601 and 501 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Students are strongly encouraged to complete Environmental Design 601 prior to entering their second year of study.
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Environmental Design 602       Computer Modelling of the Environment
Introduction to the use of computer modelling, animation and virtual reality in architecture and urban design. Professional CAD and rendering applications will be used to explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of design. Emphasis given to developing sensitivity to the application appropriate to communicating three dimensional urban and natural form using computer generated images.
Course Hours:
H(2-2)
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Environmental Design 603       Introduction to Design Thinking
Foundation concepts in design and form making involving a sequence of progress skill building, visual and spatial thinking and problem solving exercises. 
Course Hours:
H(0-8)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Environmental Design 603 and Environmental Design Architecture 580 or Environmental Design 503 will not be allowed.
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Environmental Design 611       Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Design
Introduction to the use of GIS in urban planning and environmental management. Discussions on GIS modelling focus on population projection, location theory, land use modelling and environmental and ecological management. Case studies from both the public and private sector provide the basis of assignments. Emphasis given to developing sensitivity to the application appropriate for specific GIS problems.
Course Hours:
H(2-2)
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Environmental Design 616        Urban Transportation, Infrastructure and Land Use
Acquaints students with the key infrastructure systems of a city. Examines current policies, standards and practices, challenges, and innovations in the following infrastructure sectors: transportation, water and waste management, open space, energy and communication. Discusses the relationship between infrastructure systems and land use, and impacts on quality of life, economic development, spatial structure, and the environment. Emphasis is given to green infrastructure development. The course also examines various financial and institutional frameworks for delivering infrastructure systems, and how they vary across different contexts.

Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Environmental Design 618       Urban Design Studio
This studio aims to further develop skills in conceptualization and visualization through consideration of contemporary urban design issues. It includes documentation and analysis of urban form and process, and explores site planning and design of the public realm. Issues of local and regional identity and sustainability inform the approach of the studio. Development of a portfolio will be a requirement of the course.
Course Hours:
H(0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Environmental Design Planning 625 or permission of the instructor.
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Environmental Design 621       Health in the Built Environment
Concepts of health in an environmental context; historic approaches to preventative medicine; medical basis of building-related illness; case studies in indoor air quality; strategies for prescription and design of healthy indoor environments.
Course Hours:
H(3-1)
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Environmental Design 622       Real Estate Development and Finance
Focuses on the principles of real estate development and finance.  Provides hands-on experience through real-world simulations and case studies. Goal is for students to gain a basic understanding of the planning process in real estate development, including private public partnerships, and development impacts. Introduces fundamental tools for conducting an economic and fiscal analysis of real estate proposals. Students will have an opportunity to develop a pro forma as part of a risk assessment. Other topics include the use of GIS for location studies and market assessment.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Environmental Design 624         Impact Assessment and Risk Management
EIA is the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the effects of development proposals prior to major decision-making. Biophysical, economic and social impact assessment will be reviewed in an integrated, interdisciplinary approach which will include lectures, studies of methodologies, theory and practical problems, and discourse with practitioners.  Federal and various Provincial impact assessment policies and procedures will be critically addressed.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Environmental Design 626       Landscape Planning and Ecological Design
Project oriented course focusing on interdisciplinary methods, process and theoretical foundations of ecological design and its applications in the built environment and urban and regional landscapes. Principles of landscape ecology, systems theory, technology design and transfer ecosystem science, landscape process form and function, environmental gradients, habitat, trophic organization and nutrient flows will be used in design of interventions for problem solving in built environment and urban-regional contexts including: sustainable urban form, ecological infrastructure and ecosystem services, urban environmental management and water management in urbanizing watersheds.
Course Hours:
H(0-8)
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Environmental Design 628       Housing, Neighbourhood Change and Equity
Recent developments in Canadian Cities have indicated a need for planners and other urban professionals concerned with the provision of affordable housing in the context of urban growth management. This course provides both theoretical understanding and practical insights into these issues through assessment of the social, economic, and spatial aspects of neighbourhood change. Practical work focuses on inner city neighbourhoods and planning strategies for unique transformation of brownfield sites, intensification, regeneration without displacement and building of sustainable and diverse communities.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Environmental Design 643       Field Studies
Introduction to the architecture, urban landscape, planning issues, design culture and other relevant faculty topics in an international setting. Specific destination and itinerary in any given year are dependent on availability and interest. Through a week long field trip students will learn about the built and natural environment of the selected city and its context.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Open only to students in Environmental Design degree programs.
Antirequisite(s):
Not open to students with credit in Environmental Design 683.40
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 683.40)
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Environmental Design 671       Urban Design Theory
Intended to provide students with an introduction to theories, concepts, methods and contemporary issues in urban design. The course consists of lectures, case studies, seminars and a short project.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Environmental Design 675       Urban Systems (Barcelona Studies)
Provides a general overview of Barcelona's urban history, development and planning traditions. Lectures and field studies give a chronological overview of the city's urban, architectural and design history and the inter-relation to political programs, economic and strategic planning as well as cultural nationalism. From the Barcelona case the course will extract a number of more general issues about contemporary cities for debate.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Open only to students in Environmental Design degree programs.
Antirequisite(s):
Not open to students with credit in Environmental Design 683.72.
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 683.72)
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Environmental Design 683       Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Design
Thematic inquiry and design related to urban design, architecture, environmental science, industrial design and planning.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Environmental Design 697       Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Design
Thematic inquiry and design related to urban design, architecture, environmental science, industrial design and planning.
Course Hours:
Q(3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Environmental Design 703       Directed Study in Environmental Design
Thematic research, readings or design studio project related to urban design, architecture, environmental science, ecological design, history and theory, industrial design or planning.
Course Hours:
Q(0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Open only to Environmental Design students with consent of the Associate Dean (Academic).
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Environmental Design 705       Directed Study in Environmental Design
Thematic research, readings or design studio project related to urban design, architecture, environmental science, ecological design, history and theory, industrial design or planning.
Course Hours:
Q(0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Open only to Environmental Design students with consent of the Associate Dean (Academic).
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Environmental Design 711       Theoretical Basis for Interdisciplinary Intervention and Design
Comparisons and contrasts among disciplinary, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary intervention and research. Focus on interdisciplinary teamwork knowledge and skills, on the ability to integrate research into professional real world contexts and on the ability to communicate research results effectively. This course is open only to students registered in a PhD program.
Course Hours:
H(0-8)
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Environmental Design 723       Interdisciplinary Intervention in Environmental Design

Interdisciplinary teams will tackle client-based real world environmental design problems. Intervention strategies and design as a problem-solving approach to complex urban, ecological, social, and technological interactions will be addressed.

723.02. Sustainable Futures and Planning Scenarios

723.03. People and Technology


Course Hours:
H(0-6)
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Environmental Design 752       Research Skills and Critical Thinking
Exploration of the research process in a design context and using design as a method of research. Design of innovative research methods appropriate for environmental design research in thematic areas related to urban design, industrial design, ecological design, sustainable design and digital design.
Course Hours:
F(6-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Environmental Design 751, formerly Environmental Design 651)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Environmental Design 783       Directed Study in Environmental Design
Thematic research, readings or design studio project related to urban design, architecture, environmental science, ecological design, history and theory, industrial design or planning.
Course Hours:
H(0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
Notes:
Open only to Environmental Design degree students.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Environmental Design 785       Directed Study in Environmental Design
Thematic research, readings or design studio project related to urban design, architecture, environmental science, ecological design, history and theory, industrial design or planning.
Course Hours:
H(0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
Notes:
Open only to Environmental Design degree students.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Environmental Design 793       Workshop in Environmental Design
Instruction and supervised experience in the use of tools and equipment for the development of study models, prototypes and graphic material related to student projects.
Course Hours:
H(0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Environmental Design 799       Preceptorship
A Preceptorship is a study and training arrangement made between a student and an employer or an equivalent supervisor which has specific educational objectives, a method of evaluation, and is an integral part of a student's Program of Studies. Preceptorships offer a number of benefits: acquiring skills and knowledge which may be better obtained outside the University; developing first-hand experience of professional design practice; preparing for more focused studies in the Faculty; and conducting research. An approved preceptorship assignment is equivalent to full-time studies. Preceptorships are not normally approved until a Program of Study is approved.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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