Course Details

Title Designing Sustainably
Field of Study Art
Professor Gunwoo Kim (gwkim1@hanyang.ac.kr)
Type Academic course
Delivery Type Online Track (100% online course): Real-time
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule Morning
Course code ISS1145
Course number 18051

This course will explore current research, technology, best practices and performance goals for the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable sites. Basic concepts of ecology, ecosystem structure and function will be explored; energy flow and material recycling emphasized.

Sustainability in urban ecosystems are a major professional realm of landscape architects. Plants, soils, water, and animals are woven through the built environment of cities and towns providing a functioning natural system that supports health, livable environments for humans. This complex urban ecosystems is influenced by the practice of a wide array of professions as well as by the day-to-day activities of ordinary citizens.

Designing Sustainably course will bring together diverse disciplinary perspectives within the unique cultural and historical context of cities to prepare students to solve current and future environmental challenges.


At the successful conclusion of this course, students will learn:

  • Ecological, cultural and political factors related to designing the environment
  • Conventional vs. sustainable best management practice usage
  • Sustainable design solutions for urban park
  • Understanding of SITES and Green Infrastructure framework and design
  • Understanding of language related to ecosystem services, green infrastructure, and sustainable design
  • Critical thinking

Should be able to write and understand texts in English.


Required Text

Hough, Michael. 2004. Cities and Natural Process: A Basis for Sustainability, 2nd ed. Routledge.

Sustainable Sites Initiative. 2019. The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2019. Available at http://www.sustainablesites.org/report.

Sustainable Sites Initiative. 2019. The Case for Sustainable Landscapes. Available at http://www.sustainablesites.org/report.

Steiner, Frederick. 2000. The Living Landscape 2nd edition. McGraw-Hill.

LaGro, J. 2012. Site Analysis: Informing Context-Sensitive and Sustainable Site Planning and Design, Third Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Calkins, M. (2012). The sustainable sites handbook: A complete guide to the principles, strategies, and best practices for sustainable landscapes (Vol. 39). John Wiley & Sons


Relevant readings will be assigned over the course of the semester. Reading discussions are important to the lecture process. They can help us reach some mutual understandings about the material at hand and by extension your projects. Prepare for discussion by completing the assigned reading and having a few points ready to discuss. The books listed under Additional Bibliography are not assigned, but are particularly good sources of insight, inspiration, and expertise.

Lesson Plan
Class 1: Climate Change and Urban Resilience
Class 2: Greening of Cities
Class 3: Nature and Human Health and Well-Being 1
Class 4: Nature and Human Health and Well-Being 2.
Class 5: Ecosystem Structure, Function, and Ecosystem Services
Class 6: Urban Environmental Problem and Urban Ecosystems
Class 7: Net-Zero Carbon City
Class 8: Disscussion
Class 9: Urban Biodiversity Restoration
Class 10: Mid-Term Presentation
Class 11: Urban Green Infrastructure, Greenway Plan, and GI Benefits
Class 12: Urban Agriculture
Class 13: Water Sensitive Design (Low Impact Development)
Class 14: Urban Regeneration & Ecological Planning
Class 15: Final Presentation
Last Updated April 15, 2021
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