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Advanced Architectural Design Studio: Alley Flat Initiative (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

"The Alley Flat Initiative works to advance three goals--design innovation, environmental sustainability, and affordability. In the format of a design/build studio, students will be working closely with each other, the s... More
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Advanced Architectural Design: Austin Studio (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The UT Austin Campus Real Estate Office has been tasked with management of the development of 109 acres at MOPAC and Braker known as the Pickle Research Center West Tract or the MCC Tract. Their initial inclination is th... More
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Advanced Design: Renewable Energy Innovation Lab (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a nationally recognized leader in buildings research combining renewable energy with innovative technologies to significantly reduce energy consumption in buildings. Bas... More
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Advanced Design: Sustainability Innovations Studio - Green Monsters (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

Sustainability Innovations is a studio sequence focused on achieving sustainable design solutions through a comprehensive, technologically progressive and a research oriented approach. More
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Advanced Studio in Sustainable Design (ARC 696)

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Aesthetics and Ecology (CRP 383, LAR 385)

This seminar will explore the question: what does aesthetics have to do with ecology? More
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Agenda 21: Sustainable Urbanism (ARC 386M)

This course will examine factors affecting the changing status of the 21st century city and the tactics used to mediate the effects of rapid urbanization by leaders in the environmental design professions. Key words: Lan... More
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Alford, Elizabeth

Elizabeth has taught design studios at UTSOA for six years, as well as a seminar on construction systems for houses. She is currently at work on a book titled "Site::Offsite; Architecture and the Factory-Built House," fo... More
Research & Initiatives

Alley Flat Initiative

The Alley Flat Initiative is a collaboration between the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the Austin Community Design and Development Center.... More
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Almy, Dean

Applied Research in Sustainable Urbanism. Dallas Urban Laboratory More
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Asher, John Hart

John's expertise includes sustainable roadside design; project management; sustainable water quality and detention practices; soil restoration/conservation practices; compost for restoration purposes; invasive species tr... More
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Atkinson, Simon

Professor Atkinson is active as an urban consultant, currently, as the contracted consultant to Capital Metro Transit Authority in charge of design proposals for a light rail system for Austin, Texas. Atkinson has also d... More
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Basic Botany and Native Plants (LAR 384)

Students will study plant form and function using native plant species as an examples. The goal of the course is to become familiar with Plant biology and physiology and to be able to identify general characteristics of ... More
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Basic Ecology for Designers & Planners (CRP 383)

Basic ecological concepts to be covered in the lecture component of the course include: the physical environment (e.g., water, nutrient cycling, climate; concepts of ecosystem, biome and ecotone); species interactions (e... More
Research & Initiatives

Be Plantwise: A Partnership for Conservation

Be PlantWise is a partnership between the National Park Service, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Garden Club of America, and the National Invasive Species Council to educate the public and communities about best... More
Faculty & Staff

Beaman, Michael

Professor Beaman focuses on outlier and theoretical design problems and their implications on the built environment, advanced technology, global culture and politics. His research focuses on theory and application of de... More
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Bertelsen, Michelle

Ecologist Bertelsen’s expertise is in ecological research. She works on site analysis, ecological and land management, water resource protection and landscape restoration. She has a master’s degree in recreation, par... More
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Black, Sinclair

In Austin, Mr. Black is both professionally and personally involved with neighborhood groups, parks advocates, and the downtown business community, and has endeavored throughout his career to facilitate consensus on a wi... More
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Brownfields Seminar: Redeveloping Contaminated Land (CRP 383)

Brownfields typically are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial or commercial land and buildings where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.1 The cleanup and subs... More
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Build Carbon Neutral

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Mithun, a multidisciplinary design practice (www.mithun.com), have joined forces to expand our current understanding of the construction industry\'s role in global warming and ... More
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Building a Sustainable Region (CRP 384)

This course will be organized as a reading and research seminar concentrating on planning and policy interventions aimed at reducing green house gasses (GHG) and other environmental externalities. A primary goal will to ... More
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Building Codes and the Environment (ARC 386M)

This course will be offered infrequently. Building and technological codes, too often ignored in design education, are the principal means by which societies attempt to shape the built environment. This seminar is histo... More
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Building Integrated Photovoltaic (ARC 386M; ARC 350R)

The goal is to develop a typology for building-integrated PV systems and to study the technical and economical potential of the integration of PV components in the building fabric of the campus of UT Austin. A real-scale... More
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Built Environment and Public Health (CRP 384)

This course examines the relationship between the built environment and public health issues. Issues include the negative impacts of sprawl, residential segregation, accessibility of public transport, and access to susta... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Sustainable Development

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) is unique in its successful integration of diverse interests to develop creative, balanced, achievable solutions to the physical and social challenges facing the planning, con... More
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Climate Change and Cultural Theory (ARC 386M)

Application of theories from philosophy, political ecology, science and technology studies, discourse theory, anthropology, and sociology in order to sketch approaches to climate change beyond the divisions of nature and... More
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Climate Walks (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

The architecture of the future will need to be based on detailed climatic analysis, taking into account the impact of solar radiation, temperature, humidity and wind on buildings. Only close attention to the climate and ... More
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Community Development: History and Current Practices (CRP 385C)

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CSD Living Lab

The West Mall Building (where the Center for Sustainable Devleopment is located) is desperately in need of renovation. The space is poorly planned and inefficiently utilized. In conjunction with a major renovation plan f... More
Faculty & Staff

Dangel, Ulrich

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses in Design, Construction, Architectural Detailing, Structural Design. Thermal Lab experimental research and simulation of architectural components. More
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Deep Democracy: Dialogue of Exchange (CRP 381)

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Dooling, Sarah

Urban ecology; Urban Vulnerabilities; Ecosystem Services; Spatial Justice; Interdisciplinary Pedagogy More
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Economy/Value/Quality of Life (URB 352; ARC 350R)

In this course, each student is asked to consider the evolution and existence of both 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' worldviews/value systems/reality systems/systems of evaluation and how each create situations where f... More
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Ecosystem Services, Equity and Justice (CRP 383)

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Emerging Technologies (ARE 377K; ARC 350R)

London is home to many of the world's most innovative and influential Architecture and Engineering firms. This course takes students behind-the-scenes to learn about the latest design technologies of world-class building... More
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Energy Modeling and Design Process (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This course will introduce the student to whole-building energy simulation and energy optimization techniques using computer simulation, including the hourly simulation of dynamic thermal envelope loads, shading analysis... More
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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 386M; ARC 350R )

This course will introduce the student to whole-building energy simulation and energy optimization techniques using computer simulation, including the hourly simulation of dynamic thermal envelope loads, shading analysis... More
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Environmental and Natural Resources (CRP 383)

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Environmental Dispute Resolution (CRP 381)

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Environmental Impact Assessment (GRG 396T; CRP 383; LAR 385)

This course provides instruction in the theory and methods of environmental impact assessment (EIA). The course objectives are to (1) gain a critical understanding of the use, strengths, and limitations of EIA; and (2) d... More
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Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (CRP 383)

This course is about environmental law, a subject that necessarily includes consideration of environmental science, environmental economics, and environmental policy as essential elements of its analysis. In addition to ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities Specialization - Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP)

The specialization in environmental and natural resources planning, within the Community and Regional Planning Masters Degree Program, provides students with a grounding in the scientific/technical dimensions, policy asp... More
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Environmental Policy and Ethics (CRP 383; LAR 382K)

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Environmental Readings (CRP 383, LAR 385)

A long, deep green thread exists in American literature from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman through Herman Melville and William Carlos Williams on to Terry Tempest Williams and Wendell Berry. This literature has in... More
Faculty & Staff

Fajkus, Matt

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Research & Initiatives

Fire Ecology Project

The biodiversity of the Texas Hill Country is threatened. With less than 1 percent of the land federally or municipally owned, preservation of the region\'s flora lies in the hands of private landowners. The fire ecology... More
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Foundations of Sustainable Design Seminar (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Gale, Frances

Fran Gale is an architectural conservator with over twenty years experience in the restoration of historic buildings and monuments. Fran teaches materials conservation in the Historic Preservation Program at the Universi... More
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Garden City to New Community (ARC 386M; ARC 350R; LAR 388; CRP 386)

This graduate seminar examines the search to establish new communities. It looks at the ideals, theories, and principles that people have held in the belief that a designed community is preferable to random incremental g... More
Faculty & Staff

Garrison, Michael

Professor Michael Garrison is currently active in the design and construction of sustainable buildings. He has served as the faculty sponsor of the 2002, 2005, and 2007 Solar Decathlon competitions administered by the U.... More
Research & Initiatives

Go Native U

Go Native U is an informal education program designed to teach adults about the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes and encourages discovery of the natural world. In our spring ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Integrated Watershed Science

The Integrated Watershed Science Graduate Portfolio Program is a certificate program that allows an interdisciplinary approach to the study and research of water issues by integrating already existing resources throughou... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Sustainability

The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. Sustainability is an emerging discourse t... More
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Growth Management Seminar (CRP 381)

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Harpman, Louise

Design/Build, architectural design, community engagement, prefabrication More
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Hawkins, Philip

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Hazards Planning (CRP 383)

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Research & Initiatives

Historic Preservation Knowledge for Sustainability Practice

Sustainability on the UT campus means sustaining a particular iconic place, saturated with cultural significance rooted in its history. The campus is a particularly hospitable environment for sustainability and preservat... More
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Hoidn, Barbara

Barbara Hoidn studied Architecture and City Planning at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. She worked as a project architect for the Public Building Administration in Frankfurt/Main and for several years as a projec... More
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Holleran, Michael

Historic Preservation; History of Urban Design & Development; Vernacular Landscapes; Water History More
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Housing America (URB 352; ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Housing Practices & Public Policy: Sustainability & Renewable Energy Applications for Low Income Housing (PA 388K; CRP 388)

This cross-listed course with the LBJ School of Public Affairs (PA388K) and Community and Regional Planning (CRP388) is a research-and-teaching project forms part of the core ?Urban Sustainability? doctoral program in th... More
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Housing, Landscape, and Urbanism (ARC 386M; LAR 388)

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Informality: The Global Housing Challenge (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

Approximately 2 billion people of the world's population live in substandard housing; 1 billion of these people reside in urban slums (UN Habitat). In the US alone about 40 million people live below the poverty line (Uo... More
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Integrated Sustainable Design Studio (ARC 696)

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Intelligent Building Skins (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

In this course, students will explore the functional, assembly, and detailing criteria that are considered when developing concepts for the building envelope. The semester will begin with a series of exercises to gain a ... More
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International Sustainable Social Development (CRP 381)

This course responds to the increasing interest of our graduate students in working with nongovernmental organizations in international community development. The course offers a conceptual framework for sustainable soc... More
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International Transportation Issues (CRP 384)

This course surveys transportation problems, planning practice, and policy issues in the international setting with an emphasis on the developing countries, particularly focusing on China. We will take a case study appro... More
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Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (CRP 386)

GIS is a powerful technology that is widely used in urban planning, business and environmental management, and for strategic purposes. This course consists of two major components?the social dimensions of GIS and the tec... More
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Introduction to Urban Ecology (CRP 383)

In this course, relevant theories and principles from natural science ecology, planning, geography, history, urban studies, public policy, and environmental law will be integrated to further understanding of urban ecolog... More
Research & Initiatives

Invaders of Texas

The Wildflower Center has joined with the Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, Houston Advanced Research Center and others to recruit volunteers who detect and report invasive species... More
Centers & Institutes

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Decades ago, former first lady Lady Bird Johnson recognized that ou... More
Research & Initiatives

Land Restoration Projects

Landscape restoration is an important activity of the Wildflower Center, applying the knowledge of native plants and resource conservation to heal damaged, degraded and destroyed ecological systems. The Center serves as ... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure Planning Specialization - Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP)

The transportation specialization, within the Community and Regional Planning Masters Degree Program, is designed to provide students with an understanding of transportation planning methods and techniques, the structure... More
Faculty & Staff

Lara, Fernando

Fernando Luiz Lara is a Brazilian architect with degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (BArch, 1993) and the University of Michigan (PhD, 2001). Prof. Lara's interests revolve around Latin American 20th cen... More
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Large Scale Rainwater Catchment System

Planning Professor Kent Butler is working with Seaholm Power, LLC and the City of Austin to plan and design a rainwater catchment system as part of their transformation of the City’s former Seaholm Power Plant into a m... More
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Latin American Planning Studio (CRP 386)

This is the second in a series of planning studios in informal settlements in Latin America. More
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Levy, Francois

Levy's teaching centers on Environmental Control of buildings and technology integration. His research is related to passive and active environmental control systems in buildings, space architecture and regolith mitigati... More
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Lieberknecht, Katherine

Katherine Lieberknecht is a lecturer in the Community and Regional Planning program in the School of Architecture at UT Austin. She is also a fellow with the School's Center for Sustainable Development. Her professional ... More
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Liedl, Petra

Petra Liedl is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the interaction of climate, buildings, comfort and energy with an interdisciplinary approach in teaching, research and practice. Her current research focuse... More
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Light and Sustainable Design (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop Training

The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC) are holding a series of FREE LID workshops in eight communities containing local wat... More
Faculty & Staff

Mainster, Sydney

Sydney Mainster serves as the Curator for the University Co-op Materials Resource Center. He also teaches on materials and sustainable interiors. More
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Manderson, Emily

As an environmental designer, Emily Manderson's work focuses on sustainable landscape development and conservation design, implementing low impact development and increasing natural systems in the built environment. She ... More
Faculty & Staff

Marcus, Joe

North American native plants. More
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Maximum Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio (LAR 696)

he MAXIMUM landscape architecture studio will focus on creating a broad strategy for pocket parks within the city of Austin. The 21st century holds many conditions and demands that shape and change the ways we interact w... More
Faculty & Staff

McCray, Talia

Transportation Policy and Planning, Healthcare Access, Quantitative and GIS methods, Sustainable Transportation. More
Research & Initiatives

Megaregion Strategies for Sustainable Development in the Texas Triangle

Professors Ming Zhang, Kent Butler and Dean Steiner have been part of a national network of researchers focused on the emergence of what are being called "megaregions" in the United States. Megaregions are networked metr... More
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Metropolitan Transportation Studies with TransCAD GIS (CRP 386)

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Millennium Seed Bank Project

The Wildflower Center is the first non-governmental organization invited to participate in the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) Project, a global plant conservation effort developed by the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, United Kin... More
Faculty & Staff

Moore, Steven A.

I teach design and courses related to the philosophy, history, and application of sustainable technology. In my research I employ the related fields of the Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies (STS... More
Research & Initiatives

Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is NPIN’s newest feature allowing web visitors to submit or review plant questions online. Compared to the old email-based system of individual response, the new system has several advantages incl... More
Faculty & Staff

Mueller, Elizabeth

Community development; housing; poverty; urban politics; qualitative methods More
Research & Initiatives

Native Green Roofs

By studying temperatures and rainwater capture capabilities of experimental roof tops at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Dr. Mark Simmons and colleagues have determined that gre... More
Research & Initiatives

Native Plant Information Network

The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is an online clearinghouse created by the Lady Bird Johnsons Wildflower Center to encourage the cultivation, conservation, and preservation of wildflowers and other native flor... More
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Native Turfgrass Project

Using a grant from Wal-Mart, the Lady Bird Wildflower Center is in year two of an effort to develop a multi-species turf grass that conserves water, is disease resistant and stands up to foot traffic, while creating the ... More
Faculty & Staff

O'Toole, Matthew

•M.L.A., 2010, Texas A&M University •M.S. in Range & Wildlife Management, 2005, Sul Ross State University •B.A. in Geography, 1999, University of Texas at Austin •Related expertise includes project management, fa... More
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Oden, Michael

Economic Development Planning; Regional Theory; Applied Planning Methods; Housing Policy More
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Paterson, Robert

Professor Paterson specializes in land use and environmental planning. He has completed over 40 projects over the past 17 years, and was a recipient of a Faculty Fellow in Social Science Research Applied to Hazards and D... More
Research & Initiatives

Pecan Street Project

UT faculty and students are providing research support for the DOE sponsored smart grid demonstration that was awarded to the Pecan Street Project ($10 million over five years). In the smart grid demonstration project at... More
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Planning for Mega-regions (CRP 384)

This course will provide the student with a comprehensive international understanding of how mega-regions are defined, developed, and supported by transportation to encourage economic growth and connectivity within and b... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Post Professional Degree Program in Sustainable Design (M.Arch II, PP)

This degree program is intended for those students who have previously received a Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree, or BArch, from an accredited university and who wish to conduct graduate level research in s... More
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Principles of Physical Planning (CRP 369K)

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the universal experience of making cities. The class will examine how and why cities take the shape they do, who designs cities, what procedures they employ, w... More
Research & Initiatives

Quality Growth Toolbox

Under the leadership of Professors Robert Paterson, Rachael Rawlins and Chandra Bhat, with support from partners Envision Central Texas, UT’s Center for Transportation Research and CSD, faculty and students have develo... More
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Raish, Julia K

Environmental designer Raish has experience in green infrastructure research, sustainable design and implementation, master planning and facilitation, site analysis and sustainable roadside design. She holds dual master... More
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Rawlins, Rachel

Rachael Rawlins is an environmental and land use attorney that has practiced law in both the public and private sector. In her capacities as attorney and as planner, Ms. Rawlins has worked with neighborhood planning coal... More
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Regional Planning and Governance (CRP 385C)

Planning theory and practice have experienced a notable renaissance over the past 15 years. One area of innovation involves planning across boundaries at the regional or metropolitan scale under the rubric of "the new re... More
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Research Seminar: Sustainable Preservation (ARC 386M, CRP 381)

This seminar seeks to explore the evolving state of knowledge at the intersection of preservation and sustainability; to chart the gaps, contradictions and uncertainties, and then to formulate ways of resolving them. It ... More
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Resource Management / Recycling (CRP 383)

Resource Management and Recycling (CRP 383) provides students a working knowledge of the history, trends, conflicts, and opportunities presented by the growing resource and solid waste crises. The class focuses on achiev... More
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Restoration Ecology (LAR 385)

This course examines key concepts underlying ecological mechanisms from the plant through landscape scale as it pertains to ecological and sustainable landscape design. It introduces basic principles of ecology and how t... More
Faculty & Staff

Rieff, Susan

Before joining the Wildflower Center in 2004, Rieff served as policy director for land stewardship for the National Wildlife Federation. From 1995 to 1998, she was deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of the Int... More
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Right to the City: Social, Spatial and Environmental Justice (CRP 385C)

This is the third in an ongoing series of courses developed in partnership with community-based organizations in Austin. More
Faculty & Staff

Shearer, Allan

Dr. Shearer's research centers how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present day decisions. Focusing on issues rela... More
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Simmons, Mark

Mark Simmons is the Director of the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, at the University of Texas at Austin. His duties are divided between the research program, teaching, and environmenta... More
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Sletto, Bjorn

Geographic Information Systems, Latin American planning and development, participatory planning, environmental and social justice, social theory. More
Research & Initiatives

Smart Building Initiative

Tools are now available that offer real-time data for people who want to learn how their personal choices impact energy consumption at the room level. In a year-long project, the Smart Building Initiative marries this te... More
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Society, Nature, and Technology (ARC 386M)

Architects have tended to tell the history of their discipline as either the succession of styles or as the succession of theories. In both these views of architectural history, technological choices are understood to be... More
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Solar Geometry and Energy Flow in Buildings (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of how buildings interact with their energetic environment, i.e. the natural energy that flows around and through them. More
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Solar Geometry/Energy Flow In Building (ARC 386M)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of the interaction of buildings and their energetic environment, i.e. the natural energy that flows around and through them. Developing an i... More
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Special Topics in Skin Design (ARC 386M)

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Steiner, Frederick

Dean Steiner has worked with local, state, and federal agencies on diverse environmental plans and designs. These activities include analysis of watershed level growth management for the upper San Pedro basin on the U.S.... More
Research & Initiatives

Sustainability of Low Income Housing in Texas and Latin America

We are exploring ways in which sustainable applications can be extended to low income home owners in self build and self managed communities in Texas (colonias) and Latin America (irregular settlements. It embraces susta... More
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Sustainable Cities (CRP 391D)

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Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative

The Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative focus on the integration of cutting edge research and practice in the fields of urban planning, architecture, environmental and architectural engineering, landscape arc... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Design (MSSD)

This degree plan is intended for those students who wish to prepare for a related PhD program, plan to work in public policy, or pursue activism related to sustainable architecture or urbanism. It is a non-professional r... More
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Sustainable Design Emphasis - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, E)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. No background in architecture or design is required, but a... More
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Sustainable Design Specialization - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, S)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. More
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Sustainable Economic Development (CRP 385C; CRP 383)

This course provides a survey of major theories of urban economic development and current initiatives by federal, state and local governments to improve regional and local economic performance. A special emphasis of this... More
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Sustainable Interiors (ARC 350R)

The average American spends 18 hours indoors for every hour spent outdoors.[1] This translates to about 90% of our time being spent indoors. The indoor environments we design have a substantial impact on our health, prod... More
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Sustainable Land Use Planning (CRP 386)

This course presents the nuts and bolts of land use planning as practiced in the US today using the recently adopted Tulsa Oklahoma comprehensive plan (PLANiTULSA )-as our case study for understanding the theory and meth... More
Research & Initiatives

Sustainable Sites Initiative

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic ... More
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Texas Arboretum

The Wildflower Center's new Gardens Master Plan includes a Texas Arboretum that will be located in an area of deeper soils suitable for growing a large number of tree species. Developed as a classic arboretum, this will ... More
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Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (TIPPC)

Stakeholders from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, academia, green industry and the public sector had long discussed the need for one unified body to address the threat of invasive species in Texas... More
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The Future - Views in Planning (ARC 386M, CRP 386, LAR 388)

The topic of this seminar is how 'images of the future' (expectations about the state of things to come at some future time) are used environmental planning and design discourse. More
Research & Initiatives

The Greening of the University of Texas at Austin Main Campus

This paper briefly describes UTSOA student team documentations of proposed strategies for a greening of the University of Texas at Austin main campus. The investigations use the campus as a laboratory to explore how to e... More
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The Modern American City (GRG 337; GRG 396T; URB 352 1; ARC 350R 1)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Timber Technologies (ARC 350R / ARC 386M)

This course explores recent innovations in timber construction technology and their impact on the current and future discourse of architecture. By assessing the development of sustainable forestry practices over the last... More
Research & Initiatives

TOD and Regional Transportation Planning

This project is aimed at helping the Central Texas Metropolitan Planning Organizations integrate Austin’s planned Transit-oriented Developments (TOD) into its larger analysis by synthesizing findings from the literatur... More
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Topics in Architectural Theory: Sustainable Architecture (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This class proposes to establish a goal of investigating applied research green building systems that could be utilized as resource conservation strategies for the greening of the main campus at the University of Texas a... More
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Topics in Environmental Science (LAR 385)

Elective seminars in aspects of environmental analysis, ecological and systemic approaches, sustainable development, and applied methods of geographic information systems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.... More
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Topics in Horticulture and Plant Design (LAR 384)

Study of habitat, site and technical conditions, and characteristics of plant typologies and their application to landscape practice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser. More
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Topics In Sustainable Development (ARC 386C; CRP 383; MAN 385; LAW 379M; P A 388K)

This course is a trans-disciplinary graduate level seminar designed to critically explore the theory and practice of sustainable development from a variety of perspectives. The class is cross-listed in business, architec... More
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Transit-Oriented Development (CRP 381)

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for the course participants to conduct a focal study of TOD by reviewing literature and best practice of TOD in the world and by investigating issues pertaining to ... More
Research & Initiatives

Transit-oriented Development in Latin America

Planning Professors Ming Zhang and Kent Butler are working with the City of Santo Domingo Norte and the national government of the Dominican Republic on planning for land use and transit-oriented development along a new ... More
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Transportation, Access, & Equity (CRP 384)

Transportation is vital to the health and well-being of individuals living in American cities. This course is designed to explore the urban transportation system, with an emphasis on accessibility and social equity. Key ... More
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Transportation, Environment, and Health (CRP 384)

This course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the major health and public policy concerns focusing on the linkage between transportation and environmental issues. Externalities of transportation planning such as... More
Research & Initiatives

University Co-op Materials Resource Center

The Materials Lab collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive material collections of its kind at any college or university in the country, if not the world. Currently, the Materials Lab has a growing collect... More
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Urban Design History/Theory/Criticism (ARC 350R)

A graduate seminar: focusing on the body of history and theory that informs contemporary issues in urban design. The course examines the state of the contemporary discourse in urbanism, the historical trajectory of conte... More
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Urban Design Practice (URB 352 3; ARC 350R 3)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Urban Design Practice (ARC 350R, ARC 386M, CRP 389C)

The purpose of this course is insight. There is no discreet body of knowledge about urban design. It is not architecture, and it is not planning, Architecture is a private sector activity on a defined parcel of land; pla... More
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Urban Ecological Infrastructure (CRP 383; LAR 385)

This course aims to: expose you to the concepts of and issues related to green infrastructure, drawing from literature in planning, ecological sciences, design evaluation, ecological restoration and novel landscapes, fin... More
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Urban Environmental Analysis (GRG 396T; CRP 383)

We will focus on the politics of environmental planning, broadly defined, and examine how political-economic and social structures and processes influence environmental policy-making and planning practices, We will revie... More
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Urban Landscape and Place-Making (ARC 386M; LAR 386M; CRP 386M)

This seminar explores ways to make better urban places both as a means to serve a city’s inhabitants, and also as a catalyst to urban regeneration. City leaders are increasingly realizing that the urban landscape of ... More
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Urban Transportation Planning (CE 391H ; CRP 384)

This course is focused on the transportation?s interrelationship with the urban environment, methodologies for planning multi-modal transportation systems, and developing feasible alternatives. Emphasis is placed on deve... More
Research & Initiatives

UT Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is a university competition in which engineering and architectural teams from participating schools design, construct, transport and erect completely sustainable solar homes and display them on the Na... More
Research & Initiatives

UT Thermal Lab

The Thermal Lab is located on the south side of the West Mall Building and serves as a real-scale testing facility that simulates a full scale single room with a south-facing facade, allowing for thermal experiments as w... More
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Vertical Design Studio (ARC 394)

The course introduces students to an expanding understanding of the use of materials and methods of green building and their application to details. A major dimension of the project will be to integrate the design of tec... More
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Vertical Studio: Middle Class Sustainability? Sea Ranch (ARC 393)

By “middle class sustainability” I mean a set of living habits that are consistent with both contemporary middle class social values and the environmental conditions and forces found in the place where those habi... More
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Vertical Studio: PARA_SITES (ARC 393)

The redevelopment and re-vitalization of the downtowns of our cities play an important role in the promotion of more sustainable living habits. In an effort to increase urban density, infill construction, additions, and ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainability and Desire (ARC 393)

It may be that construction and program - that is, technology and desire - chicken and egg endlessly in architectural design, but the argument could be made that, when it comes to actually committing to building, desire ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainable Form (ARC 391)

Through a series of projects, lectures and readings this semester's studio work will concern itself with the purposeful inquiry of sustainability and form. Two different intentions of/for making form will be examined. Th... More
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Vertical Studio: The Child in the City (ARC 395)

The small American town and city formed a tight spatial, economic, and social grouping. People chose to live close to the action. There developed a business marketplace of one-on-one communication, where law and politics... More
Faculty & Staff

Waitt, Damon

Damon Waitt holds a doctorate in botany from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied the evolutionary ecology and population genetics of Phlox. Waitt has served on the faculty at Saint Edward's University and ... More
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Water Resources Planning (CRP 387C)

Throughout the nation, as well as around the world, watershed management practices and the provision of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure are major determinants of growth. More
Faculty & Staff

Whitsett, Dason

Dason Whitsett is a Principal of Pollen Architecture in Austin and serves as Ajunct Lecturer in the Graduate Program in Sustainable Design. His teaching and research center on solar geometry, the thermal modeling and tec... More
Faculty & Staff

Wilson, Barbara

Wilson oversees the research, educational and community outreach programs at the CSD. Her background in grant writing and sustainable community development inform her work facilitating the many projects underway at the C... More
Faculty & Staff

Wilson, Patricia

Dr. Wilson is interested in civic engagement and dialogue; community development; and sustainable social development. She teaches international development, public participation, and conflict resolution skills. Her resea... More
Faculty & Staff

Young, Robert

Dr. Robert F. Young works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the fields of urban planning, sustainable economic development, and urban ecology. His research centers on the planning, govern... More
Faculty & Staff

Zhang, Ming

Urban transportation planning; urban form and travel behavior; GIS applications in planning; international planning More