Online courses are trending these days, especially in the case of professionals and homemakers, who cannot choose to attend regular classes for studying the courses of their choice. There is no dearth of such courses which are free of cost. The courses on numerous popular streams are available and architecture has been the favourite of many aspirants who dream of designing or building a house, a park, a theme park, an office space and a city. ETH Zurich has come up with a free online course called "Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities" for aspirants in the field of architecture.
About this course from ETH Zurich
Cities are becoming the predominant living and working environment of humanity, and for this reason, livability or quality of life in the city has become crucial.
This urban planning course will focus on four areas that directly affect livability in a city: Urban energy, urban climate, urban ecology and urban mobility. The course begins by presenting measurable criteria for the assessment of livability, and how to positively influence the design of cities towards greater livability. We will focus on this basic topic of the human habitat in a holistic way, and introduce possibilities of participatory urban design by citizens, leading towards the development of a citizen design science.
You will be able to share your experiences with the other participants in the course and also with the experts from the teaching team. In completing this course, you will better understand how to make a city more livable by going beyond the physical appearance and by focusing on different properties and impact factors of the urban system.
Livability in Future Cities is the second course in a series of MOOCs under the title "Future Cities." This series aims to bring the latest research on planning, managing and transforming cities to places where this knowledge has the highest benefit for its citizens. "Future Cities" provided an overview, and this course will focus on livability in existing and new cities.
What will you learn?
How urban planning, energy, climate, ecology and mobility impact the livability and quality of life of a "future city."
11 Weeks, 3 hours per week
Free, however, candidates need to pay $50 for the certificate
The course will resume from June 27, 2016 (self-paced)
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