UVA Architecture: Switzerland: Sustainable Europe
This course is divided into three parts:
Part 1: Sustainable Energy: Why does the average European account for 40% of the con- sumed energy and carbon emissions of the aver- age American? What do they know and do that we don’t?
Part 2: Restoring Water Systems : How Do Switzerland and Other European countries Ap- proach Water Supply, Use, and Risk?
Part 3: “Making Urban Transport Sustainable: How Do European Cities Promote Walking, Cy- cling, and Public Transport?”
The program is housed at the Villa Maderni: Virginia Tech’s campus in Switzerland located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, a small, picturesque town in the Ticino Canton, the Italian region of Switzerland. The program includes classroom sessions in Riva San Vitale (Switzerland), one overnight trip, and two day trips in the region.Course and Credit PLAN 5500.
Second, third and fourth year students as well as graduate students from across the University are welcome to apply for this program—the program is not restricted to students in the School of Architec- ture. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn six UVA credits for
Housing and three meals per day are provided in Virginia Tech’s campus in Switzerland, known as Villa Maderni. Students usually stay in double rooms although there may be some triple or quadruple rooms as well.
John Randolph, Ph.D. is Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. He specializes in energy and environmental planning and is co-author of the textbook Energy for Sustaina-bility published by Island Press.
Ralph Buehler, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Ur- ban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech’s Alexan- dria Center. He specializes in international compara- tive planning and policy with a focus on sustainable urban transport. He is co-editor of the book City Cy- cling by MIT Press.
Suzanne Morse Moomaw, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia. Her academic interests are in community and economic development in neigh- borhood, regional, and global arenas with a particular emphasis on the role of citizens in designing their own future. She is the author of Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future, published by Jossey-Bass.
It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she is in possession of a valid passport. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months past the ex- pected return date. International students should veri- fy entry requirements to Switzerland based on their country of citizenship and meet with an International Student and Scholar Advisor to discuss re-entry re- quirements to the US.