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Sustainability and Adaptation for Cities and Communities

  • Mon 12th - Sat 17th Feb 2018.
    Course starts at 6pm and ends at 2pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £700, Low Waged / Concessions £625.

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Course details

For this course you will be joining a module of CAT's new Sustainability and Adaptation MSc course. This course will help develop an overview comprehension of current research and discourse concerning adaptation planning and sustainability of cities and communities, and to place this understanding into current and future environmental contexts.

You will gain a thorough understanding of key elements, infrastructures, maintenance issues, energy budgets, material flows, waste disposal, transportation, social dynamics that underlie the development and management of communities and cities.

During the course you will learn to discern and assess critically the complex factors that influence the provision of sustainability and adaptation planning within urban and community focused environments.

Recognise and rationalise the prospects for innovative research and practice for city and community regeneration in the built environment.

Main topics of study:
Within the context of increasing global-scale urbanisation and an ostensible loss of community coherence in densely-populated conurbations and wider ecosystem services, this module will explore current discourse on the status of cities and the communities that comprise them.
The module will explore:
How cities and communities will be influenced in general terms by the particulars of perceived challenges and opportunities presented by adopting a sustainability and adaptation approach in preparation for the significant challenges and radical changes consequent to climatic change.
The qualities and purposes of community spaces as part of the cultural urban landscape will be re-framed from a sustainability and adaptation planning perspective.
Environmental impacts, sustainability and adaptation issues facing the urban environment will be analysed according to its material, energy, infrastructure, maintenance and transportation demands.
Specific phenomena of cities (e.g. Urban Heat Island; Biodiversity Planning) will be considered and the urban regeneration and transformations required to address them as climate changes.
The supply of goods and services will be contextualised within the production, control and elimination of wastes and pollution.
The urban and community form will be analysed for the potential design, social structure and practice changes required under an ethos of sustainability and adaptation.
Current status of urban and community statutory development control and planning, enforcement of sustainable practices and key environmental legislation and compliance measures; as well as community-based initiatives and grass-roots strategies.
Sectoral best practice for the assessment of environmental impact at strategic and local levels. Methods, tools and programmes of environmental management and assessment, and environmental key performance indicators aimed to deliver environmental performance improvements.

Learning Outcomes for the module
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
Knowledge
1. Apply a critical understanding of issues concerning the development of sustainable communities and cities within the context of adaptation and sustainability in the built environment;
2. Identify the influences and interconnectedness of the key political, social, economic influences on urban development; and the human relationship to material and energy systems within the context of the global ecosystems;
3. Evaluate theory and examples of innovations potentially useful in the transformation of urban environments towards sustainability;
Thinking skills
4. Assess and critically evaluate theories and practice in the field of sustainable development in cities and communities;
5. Holistically appraise the processes of urban development and develop forward planning strategies for future development;
6. Produce a critical analysis and evaluation of the technical issues challenging communities and cities at the infrastructure scale: materials; energy; water; waste, communications, transportation and green infrastructure;
7. Present a global perspective synthesising the different climatic change, environmental change, sustainability and adaptation planning pressures and problems facing communities, cities and local environments.

Subject-based practical skills
8. Evaluate the ethical dilemmas when problem solving and decision making, in the context of current environmental change and adaptation, during practice;
9. Show the ability to appraise multi-scale constituents of urban needs in combination with future scenario projections for practical application in society;

Skills for life and work (general skills)
10. Effectively communicate (written and oral) to a team or a wider audience.


Course starts at 6pm and ends at 2pm on the last day.

Things you need to know



You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

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• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.


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Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

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