The Graduate Certificate in City Design focuses on design at the scale of the city, and within neighborhoods and urban districts. Studios and seminars focus on the, challenges, and opportunities facing communities and cities in the 21st century, with a particular emphasis upon principles of sustainability and urban ecology.
The certificate is a joint offering between the School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture. Students may also take courses at the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill, through inter-institutional registration. The certificate is also available to students from non-design, but related disciplines.
The academic objective of the City Design Certificate are to:
- Consider the human condition, particularly in making significant urban places;
- Design integrated and innovative systems of movement within cities, increasing mobility and accessibility for all sectors of society;
- Create a diversity of uses and amenities within the urban fabric to bring a fuller sense of equity to the city;
- Foster new opportunities for energy production, collection, and efficiency at the local scale;
- Explore innovative urban housing typologies;
- Gain an understanding of the complex ecological systems within cities;
- Capture greater senses of identity, meaning, and quality of life within the city fabric.