Transportation Shaping Sustainable Urbanization: Connections with Behavior, Urban Economics and Planning

Explores changes in the built environment expected from transportation investments, and how they can be used to promote sustainable and equitable cities. Reflects on how notable characteristics of cities can be explained by their historical and current transportation features. Introduces theoretical basis and empirical evidence to analyze how new mobility technologies will produce urban transformation, e.g., how autonomous vehicles and shared mobility services affect travel behavior and its implications from an urban planning perspective. Discusses from a historical perspective, e.g., how central areas of most European cities created during the pre-modern transportation era are more walkable, dense, and diverse; and the auto-oriented North American suburbs sprawling during the massive increase in car ownership. Lectures interspersed with guest speakers and an optional field trip.

Subject can count toward the 9-unit discovery-focused credit limit for first-year students.