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Course, academic year 2023/2024
City and sustainability - B501080
Title: Město a udržitelnost
Guaranteed by: Department of Economics and Management (837)
Faculty: Central University Departments of UCT Prague
Actual: from 2021
Semester: summer
Points: summer s.:5
E-Credits: summer s.:5
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/2, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Hudeček Tomáš doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Annotation -
The course introduces students to key urban structures and systems that affect the sustainability of cities and settlement in general. It is the crucial introduction to understanding the key role of cities for sustainable development. It emphasizes and describes a holistic approach to settlement planning and management.
Last update: Hudeček Tomáš (08.12.2020)
Literature -

BATTY, Michael, 2005. Cities and complexity: understanding cities with cellular automata, agent-based models, and fractals. Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 02-620-2583-3.

HALL, Peter, 1998. Cities in civilization: culture, innovation, and urban order. London: Phoenix books. ISBN 07-538-0815-3.

HUDEČEK, T., KOUCKÝ, R., JANÍČKOVÁ, M., LÉŇO, M., SOUKUP, M. (2017): Planning, Accessibility, and Distribution of New Parks: Case Study of the City of Prague. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 143(3), ISSN 0733-9488

HUDEČEK, T. (2020): City management and administration: The First Book - City, People and Society: A Contribution to General Systems Theory. Prague: IPD. 140 p. ISBN 978-80-88377-16-0

HUDEČEK, T. (2020): City management and administration – The Second Book: Good City Administration in the Conditions of the Czech Republic. Prague: IPD. 131 p. ISBN 978-80-88377177

HUDEČEK, T. (2020): City management and administration – The Third Book: Administration and Crisis Management of Prague in 2012–2014. Prague: IPD. 159 p. ISBN 978-80-88377-18-4

HUDEČEK, T., HNILIČKA P., DLOUHÝ, M., LEŇO CUTÁKOVÁ, L., LEŇO, M. (2019): Urban structures, population density and municipal expenditures: An empirical study in the Czech Republic. Urban Studies, 56 (16), s. 3450-3465

MARTINEZ, J. (2016): Handbook of Quality of Life and Sustainability. N.Y.: Springer.

WEST, G.: Scale. N.Y.:Penguin Press, 2017.

Last update: Hudeček Tomáš (08.12.2020)
Syllabus -

1) Introduction, key terms and definitions: settlement, city, agglomeration, conurbation, metropolitan area, urbanized area, settlement system, population density, urban growth: size and importance differentiation of cities, FUA, horizontal and vertical geographical position, city vs. countryside, rural settlement, periphery.

2) Historical development of cities till the industrial revolution - geographical, economic, cultural, technological and other aspects of the ancient, medieval and early modern settlement structures.

3) Urban development since the industrial revolution till the 20th century. Key technological and cultural innovations. Urbanization process (theory, urbanization), suburbanization, industrialization, agglomeration, deurbanization, deindustrialization.

4) Todays cities and urbanized areas, gentrification, the phenomenon of tourism, the role of globalization and information technology. The main world and national metropolitan areas. Environmental, economic and social sustainability of cities, sustainability indicators.

5) Sociology and demography of the city, social structure, behavior, urban lifestyle, competitiveness and creativity, employment.

6) Urbanism and urban structure of the city. Description of various historical and ideological approaches to urbanism.

7) Sustainable transport and mobility, public and individual transportation, accessibility, transport modes, modal split, urban transport planning, parking issue,…

8) Sustainable social infrastructure, health, education and culture. Sustainable and social housing. The impact of the environment on the health of the population.

9) Environmental and energy sustainability of cities. Green and water (blue) infrastructure from the point of view of settlement sustainability. Waste management. Climate protection in the city, urban heat islands.

10) Economic sustainability of the city. Operating costs, investment funds, public and private capital.

11) Urban design and architecture of public spaces, shared vs. private space, physical permeability of cities, green infrastructure, visual communication and perception of the urban environment

12) Architecture of settlements in the Czech Republic. Sustainable construction. Examples of good practice.

13) Architecture of settlements in the world. Architecture in smart cities concept. Examples of good practice.

14) Excursion

Last update: Hudeček Tomáš (08.12.2020)
Course completion requirements -

Credit will be awarded on the basis of attendance and active participation in seminars and the elaboration and defence of a semester work on an individually assigned topic. The course will end with an oral exam.

Last update: Hudeček Tomáš (08.12.2020)