Urban and Regional Environments: Analysis, Planning and Design

This Area of Concentration focuses on the interrelationships of the ecological, social, built and organizational environments within the urban and regional setting. It is the intention of this Area to provide a critical understanding of urban and regional environments incorporated at different scales of built environments, spanning site-specific to global perspectives. By doing this, students will attain a thorough knowledge of the alternative and transformative-based theories, histories and current issues of urbanization and regionalization and their effect on environments, but also learn practical methods of analysis and intervention in different human settlements.

Sample topics include:

  • migration and settlement
  • urbanization and the urban process
  • environmental design/landscape design
  • urban sustainability
  • urban governance and regulation
  • global cities and global urbanization
  • urban social and environmental movements
  • urban and regional planning
  • healthy and sustainable community development
  • urban social relations (class, race, gender)
  • Native/Canadian relations.

Required courses

  1. ENVS 2200 6.00 Foundations of Urban and Regional Environments
  2. ENVS 3227 3.00  Urban planning and politics in global context
  3. ENVS 3740 3.00  Urban ecology