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Lesson

Urban Planning

Strawbees Team

In this lesson, students will begin to learn about some of the complexities of urban planning including housing, transportation, energy consumption and production, readiness for natural hazards, and sustainable development concepts. Students will prototype a solar panel for a sustainable city, integrating this design into their own city sketches. In doing so, students will create their own unique urban layout. Upon completion, students will next have the opportunity to expand their city designs while addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

9-14+
45m
:
United States 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Architecture
Earth and Human Activity
SDGs
Student Journal
Guide - Platonic Solids
Student Map

Overview and Objectives

Lesson Structure

When students go through this lesson in each section the objectives they will learn are:

  • Warm-up – Recognize that a city is a large community made up of many smaller communities, where many people live and work together.  
  • Imagine – Explain needs and challenges of people living in a city as well as potential problems or design constraints in particular cities. 
  • Create –  Construct models of a solar panel array for the city’s sustainable infrastructure. 
  • Build – Build a unified city layout planning out the energy, transportation, green spaces, and housing for the community to live.
  • Reflect – Reflect on the challenges that urban planners face in creating sustainable cities through student designs.
  • Challenges – Extend learning through opportunities to expand city design with focus on sustainability and innovation. 

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Discuss and explore different community needs, including ways to connect individual neighborhoods into a unified city.
  • Planning with a map incorporating renewable energy measures to the city's sustainable development. 
  • Design a city around different scenarios such as geographic location, population growth, conservation, preservation, or prevention against natural hazards.
  • Practice communication skills through a collaborative large-scale project.
  • Reproduce different architectural features in a variety of scales.

Structure

When starting Urban Planning, you will be able to:

  • Recognize that a city is a large community made up of many smaller communities, where many people live and work together.  
  • Explain the needs and challenges of people living in a city as well as potential problems or design constraints in particular cities. 
  • Construct models of a solar panel array for the city’s sustainable infrastructure. 
  • Build a unified city layout planning out the energy, transportation, green spaces, and housing for the community to live.
  • Reflect on the challenges that urban planners face in creating sustainable cities through student designs.
  • Extend learning through opportunities to expand city design with a focus on sustainability and innovation.