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- Locations: Aegean Islands, Greece; Athens, Greece; Bellingham, Washington, United States; Ithaca, Greece;
- Program Terms: Summer
ENVS 437P APPLIED STUDIES IN MEDITERRANEAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (8 Credits)
Pre-Departure Session Dates: June 22 - July 1, 2016
Explore Mediterranean architecture, urban planning, history and culture while performing fieldwork in urban and village communities. The program involves 2 distinct parts: We will begin our adventure exploring urban Athens, emphasizing urban design, the city’s historic development, artistic and political expression to austerity, and plans to pedestrianize the central city. Special attention will focus on exploring the current impacts of mass migration in Athens. We continue our journey by hopping across the Cycladic Aegean islands to study traditional settlement villages on Syros, Folengandros, Sikinos, and Serifos (tentatively).
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Our overarching question: How have communities sustained themselves for centuries? What can be learned from traditional sustainable village development that can be applied to contemporary contexts? How can we apply contemporary principles and metrics to evaluate the sustainability of traditional settlement communities? The program involves analysis of urban spaces in Athens neighborhoods and in traditional hilltop villages (Hora) of Aegean Island communities. The course emphasizes studies in sustainable development in both urban and traditional Mediterranean Island communities. The course entails field investigations emphasizing sustainable community development principles, the study of sustainable urban form and village heritage design, as well as current issues facing Greece, including the evolving migration crisis and austerity measures and its affects in Greece society. Students will have an opportunity to visit and participate in volunteer service in a migrant camp, working with Doctors of the World. We will be undertaking a series of applied studies, including: an evaluation of reaction to austerity policies through urban street art forms; comparative assessment of village morphology as traditional sustainable development using sustainability metrics; urban renewal policies; and the architecture of urban spaces.
Nicholas Zaferatos, PhD, AICP, Professor of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, Huxley College of the Environment, WWU
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|Unforgettable experience! It changed my life. I would love to return to Kioni one day.|
|— Sara Ullman, Summer 2015|
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