There are no required textbooks to purchase for each class. Readings will be found on Zotero: A free research, bibliography, and annotation tool. Our course will be saved in a group library called macbride14. You will need an account to join and view the list.

Week 1: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Introduction: Course Overview – Futures and Environments of the City

Week 2: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Natural and Social History of New York City; Basics of NYC Government

  • Fine, Elizabeth, and James Caras. 2013. “Twenty-Five Years of the Council-Mayor Governance of New York City: A History of the Council’s Powers, the Separation of Powers, and Issues for Future Resolution.” New York Law School Law Review 58: 14.
  • Sanderson, Eric W., and Marianne Brown. 2007. “Mannahatta: An Ecological First Look at the Manhattan Landscape prior to Henry Hudson.” Northeastern Naturalist 14 (4): 545–570.

Week 3: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Climate Change, Modernism and Postmodernism

Week 4: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Waste/ Green Accounting

Week 5: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Energy, the Hydrocarbon Economy

  • “PlaNYC 2011 Report: Energy.” 2011. NYC Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability.
  • Jacobson, Mark Z., and Mark A. Delucchi. 2009. “A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030.” Scientific American 301 (5): 58–65.
  • Smil, Vaclav. 2014. “The Long Slow Rise of Solar and Wind.” Scientific American 310 (1): 52–57.

Week 6: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Waste-to-Energy, Italian Futurism

Week 7: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Hubert, B., M. Rosegrant, M. A. J. S. van Boekel, and R. Ortiz. 2010. “The Future of Food: Scenarios for 2050.” Crop Science 50 (Supplement 1) (March 8)
  • New York City Council. 2010. “FoodWorks: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food System.”
  • Ratcliffe, J., and E. Krawczyk. 2011. “Imagineering City Futures: The Use of Prospective through Scenarios in Urban Planning.” Futures 43 (7): 642–653.

Week 8: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Planning and Futuring

  • Ward, Stephen V. 2013. “Cities as Planning Models.” Planning Perspectives 28 (2): 295–313.
  • Campanella. 2011. “Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning.” Design Observer, April 25.
  • (one additional reading to come)

Week 9: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Transportation, Transhumanism

Mini extra credit assignment (2 points) Find your own resource on transhumanism and post it to the course website. Do not duplicate resources and be ready to discuss your resource.

Week 10: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Plastics, Environmental Justice

  • MacBride, S. 2011. Recycling Reconsidered: The Present Failure and Future Promise of Environmental Action in the United States. MIT Press, Chapter 5
  • Rosan, Christina D. 2012. “Can PlaNYC Make New York City ‘greener and Greater’ for Everyone?: Sustainability Planning and the Promise of Environmental Justice.” Local Environment 17 (9) (October): 959–976.

Week 11: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Water and Wastewater

Class Trip to Newtown Creek WWTP (travel and other details will be provided).

Week 12: Tuesday, April 15, Spring Break!
Week 13: Tuesday, April 22, Spring Break!
Week 14: Tuesday, April 29, Review and Catchup
Week 15: Tuesday, May 6, Videoworkshop Day
Week 16: Tuesday, May 13, Video Festival

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