Turning Sustainable Practice into Reality
Our work addresses sustainability issues from the regional level down to the building. We know that creating the sustainable city cannot happen within only a single discipline, and that’s why SCI is grounded in a cross-disciplinary approach to solving community sustainability issues.
Fall term Planning, Public Administration and Architecture students traveled to Albany on Monday, October 10 to visit the city.
City Manager Wes Hare welcomed students and gave a wonderful overview of the city. Planning students toured downtown with city staff, focusing on the Water Avenue corridor, the subject of their Introduction to Planning, Planning Theory and Human Settlements classes. Public Budgeting students toured park facilities and met with Albany’s Finance Director. Architecture students presented their preliminary designs to Albany elected officials, local architects and city staff.
The SCI-China program welcomes five new visiting scholars from China this year. These new visiting scholars are from Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. LTD. They are professional planners specialized in economic development, transportation planning and analysis, and landscape design. During their 9-month stay here at Oregon, these scholars will learn about planning issues of their interests via opportunities to take classes and conduct research on campus, have guided visits to various projects, and engage in experience-sharing with Oregon planning professionals.
The visiting scholar program is organized by SCI-China, a platform dedicated to a multi-faceted engagement with Chinese professionals, professional institutions, and leading universities on sustainability-related research, education and training activities.
Nico Larco is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and is a co-founder and co-director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a nationally and internationally awarded, multidisciplinary organization that focuses on sustainability issues as they relate to the built environment. Professor Larco's research focus is on sustainable urban design, active transportation, street design, and how urban design affects the sustainability of buildings. He recently developed the Sustainable Urban Design Framework that organizes the range of urban design elements and approaches related to sustainability. Professor Larco has received numerous national and international awards for his work and was a 2012/13 Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Spain.