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Landscape Design for Social Sustainability, Part 1

Discover how and why the built environment succeeds or fails at supporting thriving, diverse communities, and how designers can create mechanisms that allow communities to enjoy and improve their environments to suit their needs and desires.

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  • Duration 7 video lessons (57 Mins)
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    1.
    Meet Your Instructor
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    Introduction to Social Sustainability
    Chapter Duration 19 mins
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    How Do We Measure Social Sustainability?
    Chapter Duration 12 mins
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    Learning From the Past: Proto-Social Sustainability
    Chapter Duration 7 mins
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    Jane Jacobs: The Storefront, the Stoop, and the Sidewalk
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    Jan Gehl: Life Between Buildings... and Beyond
    Chapter Duration 8 mins
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    Conclusion
    Chapter Duration 1 min

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the principle of social sustainability, why it’s important, and how it fits into sustainability’s three pillars: economy, ecology, and society.
  • Learn how the principles of social sustainability are applied specifically to designed outdoor spaces like streets, neighborhoods, playgrounds, squares, waterfronts, markets, and parks.
  • Gain a thorough overview of some early social sustainability pioneers, case studies, and theories, and how these pioneering ideas still resonate today.
  • Identify some of the core skills and sensibilities that planners have used in the past to create socially sustainable places. Identify and understand the lessons learned from historic examples of social sustainability.
  • Get an overview of the practice of placemaking and how it has impacted socially sustainable design practices.

Course Description

No matter the scale, location, or design, social sustainability revolves around one thing: people. This course examines how and why the built environment succeeds or fails at supporting thriving, engaged, diverse communities, and how designers can create mechanisms that allow communities to enjoy and improve their environments to suit their needs and desires. In the first part, we'll review some historic examples from both the United States and abroad, including some fascinating European examples that were well ahead of their time. We'll also examine some failed models and what lessons they offer us.

Learn these skills

  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Planning
  • Equity
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Plan Making
  • Public Health
  • Resilience Planning
  • Site Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Walkability

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

AIA CES

This course is 1 LU.

Meet Your Instructor

Kristin Faurest

Kristin Faurest

Kristin Faurest is a public garden education and outreach professional, author, and landscape architecture educator, committed to a world where everyone has equal access to nature and healthy food.

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