Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ENVMT 50 Tree to Sea/Urban Regional Planning Sylabus

Spring 2011 Version 1.0

Feb. 7 Monday SRH
Introductions, Course Overview, Lab Praxis-Community Meeting LINCS Project at the Brower Dellums Institute for Sustainable Policy Studies and Green Works Development ; Responsible Eco-Tourism-Connecting the Dots in the San Leandro Creek Watershed
Assignment: Urban Planning – Read Connect the Dots article and this syllabus.
Course Project: Urban Planning lab practicum – The class will plan and host the community meetings. We will choose tasks, times, and who will execute them.
Tree to Sea: Field observations and/or photo documentation

Review of syllabus, required and suggested readings, grading, and course requirements. Hand out Connect the Dots other
• Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning
• Tree to Sea, A Bay Area Cross Section
• Choose one for substitution/grade as needed or both for your learning pleasure

Student Survey for those who haven’t filled one out.
Connect Dots and GWD powerpoint
Responsible Ecotourism and Field Trip
Student introductions Inventory of where students are from and interests in class and subject and experience hope and worry - Interview each

Where do Cities Come From? Overview of the city, creation of problem and exploring solutions:
-Environmentalism and reactions to industrial urbanization
-Why sustainability and why corridors (corridors and sheds as orienting features) and links and connecting the dots
-Setting Sustainable Planning Goals- Vision for your neighborhood

Review of theory: psycho-social aspects of hierarchies vs. caretaking patterns. What interventions are appropriate and how theory informs institutions that have human potentials (health, education, justice) Linking civil society organizations and agencies at the neighborhood level at which they are accountable.

Community Meeting Planning; your ideas – immersion learning, no time to waste
Where cities are headed. Planning in the Public Domain: From Theory to Implementation. Preview of some key efforts – the context for connecting dots

Feb 13 Sunday San Leandro Creek Watershed Meet SRH on campus. BRING LUNCH, WATER, CAMERA (optional) DRESS FOR HIKING/ Rain or Shine, . – Headwaters to the Bay. Ridge Trail, Lake Chabot., Sobrante Park, Arrowhead Marsh. Site Scoping.
Assignment For Tree to Sea: Write a draft list of items you want to observe on future field trips. Due Feb. 21
Introduction to field methods: participant/observation, collecting narratives; field mapping; understanding features of site landscape, marking with GPS, assessing sustainable structures, observation of uses and residents)

Feb 14 Monday Urban Planning, Zoning, SB 375 review field trip Powerpoint whole creek and reference sites
• Planning through Oakland’s History - Ralston
(highlight in this story: pictures, local maps, texts, plans, role of planners)
-Industrializing Oakland, implementation of planning/zoning; Public health and the City Beautiful; the Hegmann Plan; WPA projects;
-Advent of the General Plan, land-use and policies; development of case law regarding covenant restrictions; takings and the extent of “Police powers”
-Federal freeways and “model city” planning initiatives
-Regulatory environmentalism enters planning: NEPA and CEQA.
-Planning for the “community”: issues of equity/equality, gentrification
-The greening of planning and urban design and new density
-Re-emergence of health in planning, environmental justice

• Structure of the Planning Office and division of labor, interaction with other local and regional agencies
• The Cumulative Planned City: Review map of Oakland in the multi-jurisdictional region with different layers of infrastructure, land-use and tentacle connections to water, energy, and waste streams.
• Introduction of Connecting the Dots and small scale interventions in the Oakland Region – Freeman
-(referencing above map and others) Highlight sustainable planning initiatives around specific corridors and sheds (e.g. San Pablo/green corridor jobsheds, BRT transit, watersheds, greenways/ridge and bay trails; wildlife; foodsheds, industrial-port corridor seaport to airport goods movement corridor; cultural arts corridor, utility ROW corridors) How do these relate to community stories and narratives and the basic assumption of taking care of everybody and everything?

Discussion: How do we want to plan our class sponsored community events for strategy, learning, and practicality? identify corridor assets from your own neighborhood; draw these out and discuss in a group; try to remember certain features and connections, what is sustainable about it in your mind, what is not?

Feb 21 Mon. President’s Day Holiday
No Class

Feb. 28 Plan meeting/ asset map-opportunities-obstacles vision
Background on Planning Practice and Tools - Ralston
Regulatory Tools for Planners: Tools: Mapping and planning, GIS exercises
-CEQA and the EIR process, zoning, design review

-Finish review presentation of their local situations
• Regulatory Tools for Planners:
-CEQA and the EIR process; easements, exactations, zoning, design review and standards
-Current issues in planning (density, parking reductions vs. neighborhood groups)
-Examples of General Plans and their structure
• Tools: Mapping and planning:
-Understanding spatial structures and local topography (urban geography)
-GIS exercises
-Review their maps and data assessments

– story what is it like living there, what is good, what needs fixing
– resources – what can everyone pitch in?
- Describe the successes, gaps and failures from our experience, and our proposed solutions in praxis as Connecting the Dots;
-Re-villaging the City; Locally based caretaking as a solution set based on Institute research.
• Overview of Development process and sustainable systems and case studies
-Sustainable developments, mixed-use or single use?
-Green building
-Housing, TODs, eco-villages and new urbanism (Calthorpe examples)

March 7 Urban Planning lecture
Charrette of goals/vision

March 13 Sunday Optional trip to Village Homes

March 14

March 20 Sunday Meeting
Community Meeting Green Workforce Development
March 21 Last evening class – review meeting

April 3 Optional Ranger Naturalist Black Diamond

April 30 Saturday 9-5 Redwood Forest Institute Field trip to Willits/Skunk train area Redwood Forest Institute

May 15 Sunday Tree to sea hike

May 22 Sunday Tree to sea hike

Suggested Readings:
Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Anything by Louis Mumford – e.g., The City in History
Illich, Ivan. H20 and the waters of Forgetfulness
Hawkins, Paul. The Ecology of Commerce, and other works
Brechin, Gray. Imperial San Francisco
Taylor, Shelley. The Tending Instinct
Urban Habitat publications including Race, Poverty, and the Environment, Pacific Institute Project Reports (both of these organizations are in Oakland)
McHarg, Ian. Design with Nature
Garreau, Joel. Edge City: Life on the New Frontier
Mugerauer. Dwelling, Place and Environment;
Alexander, Pattern language
Buttimer, A. Dynamics of the Lifeworld
Hough, Nature in the City?
Beatley, T. Sustainable Planning

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