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Architecture and Urban Design Towards Sustainable Cities

Globalization, technology, and cultural differences present our current-day cities with both challenges and opportunities. In this course we will consider these and explore possible solutions by looking at history, urban planning theory, and architecture. We will consider new ways of designing city spaces that promote social connection and sustainable development, and are welcoming to all of the people that live in them, with neighborhoods that are compact, walkable, have good access to buses and trains, and promote bicycle mobility. What might Chicago, recently named as the best big city in the U.S., according to Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, have to teach us about these challenges and how to face them? Through research and field work, we will explore different neighborhoods in Chicago, analyzing their use of public transportation, cultural institutions, vacant lots, parks, and architecture, so that students will come away with a better understanding of urban design and of one of the world’s greatest cities.

Course Code

ENST 10010




High School Students


Environmental Studies

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

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Primary Instructor

Hyesun Jeong


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  • Eligibility: current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, 14 years and older (unless clearly stated otherwise)
  • Admissions: the Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee.
  • For all courses still open, international students must submit all application materials before April 2.
  • For domestic students, rolling admissions will typically close by early May; this may be earlier for specific programs that fill.

Additional Details

  • This course is open to high school students only.

Cost & Aid

Total Cost (includes Tuition, Housing and Dining, and Fees): $6,500.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.