SEAS/Poli-USP Collaborative Course

This course was a joint initiative of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (Poli-USP), and Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies' Brazil Office. It offered the unique chance for participating students and faculty to explore the complex challenges faced by engineers, urban planners, and policy makers in the field.

2015 Sustainable Cities

The intense growth of cities in recent decades has increased the urgency of finding sustainable solutions for resource use in urban environments. Through a combination of site visits, lectures and group discussions, the 2015 SEAS/Poli-USP Collaborative Field Course on Sustainable Cities offered the opportunity for hands-on engagement in São Paulo, a metropolis of 20 million inhabitants. During the course, participants gained a deeper understanding of and appreciation for urban challenges and solutions related to energy, sanitation, transportation, water and more. Equal numbers of undergraduate and graduate students from Harvard University and from the Universidade de São Paulo (Poli-USP) participated. This field course was administered in English and co-taught by professors from Harvard and Brazil.

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Previous Editions of the Course

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