Winter Cities

How do you cre­ate a liv­able and vibrant win­ter city? Plan­ning and design of the built envi­ron­ment for win­ter cities can be chal­leng­ing. Win­ter cities are an oppor­tu­ni­ty to expe­ri­ence con­trast­ing indoor and out­door envi­ron­ments, cus­tomized for com­fort with­in well-estab­lished sea­son­al-based design prin­ci­ples. Stu­dents will explore top­ics in win­ter com­fort in local and glob­al win­ter cities, ener­gy con­ser­va­tion, design­ing for trans­porta­tion and mobil­i­ty in sub zero envi­ron­ments, win­ter tourism and indus­try, win­ter city pol­i­cy mak­ing and devel­op­ing design inter­ven­tions for win­ter city sites.

Course at a glance
  • May be recognized for Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) credits by the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) for holders of the Registered Professional Planner designation.
  • Aimed at professionals in the areas of municipal government planning, development, and bylaw enforcement. Students range from development officers, planning technicians, land use, environmental, and community planners, to resources managers, government officials, consultants, developers, lawyers, zoning administrators, administrators in smaller municipalities, and others involved in planning processes.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the degree to which the architectural features of a winter space encourage winter comfort for visitors.
  • Recognize the importance of using energy-efficient technology in winter city design.
  • Assess the usability of a winter site for pedestrians and cars.
  • Propose a winter-oriented tourism service or event in a winter city.
  • Write a short strategic plan to support a conceptual design for a service, event, or site design intervention which encourages winter comfort.
  • Brainstorm a conceptual design for a winter cities service, event, or site design intervention which encourages winter comfort.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Assessment activities may be during the course class dates, and a post-assignment after the last class date.
  • Bursary opportunities may be available for members of the Alberta Development Officers Association (ADOA).
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.

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