Led by Nate Byro, Landscape Architecture

This course will focus on the concept of Climate Haven Cities: a city or region that will best be able to support migrants impacted by climate change. The studio will explore this concept in relation to the Great Lakes region. This studio will include research and discourse on related topics, as well as creative works.

The studio will explore:

  • Expected climatic conditions for the region
  • Threats to the region (climatic, economic, ecological, social, physical)
  • Understanding of the systems that support the region (food, electrical, economic, etc.)
  • Conditions of the current city
  • Areas of receivership

The semester will culminate with a master plan for the City of Duluth. Other creative deliverables will be expected throughout the semester.

  • community planning
  • systems thinking
  • redevelopment
  • social systems
  • sustainability and resilience
  • future thinking
Course credits:6
Meeting days and times:Monday / Wednesday / Friday, 1:10 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.
Variable course fee:$300 – $600
Field trips:Duluth, MN
Maximum enrollment:20
Enrollment open to:All seniors (4th and 5th years) in all College of Design majors

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Civic Innovation

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  • Good health and well-being
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Peace, justice, and strong institutions

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