Urban Environments

    EXLUP 8219 is offered this winter:

While many in the city-build­ing pro­fes­sions often focus on the phys­i­cal form of urban areas, the built envi­ron­ment can be seen as a phys­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion of a vari­ety of inter­con­nect­ed sys­tems. A range of sys­tems that influ­ence how cities devel­op, includ­ing the nat­ur­al, polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic and social sys­tems will be dis­cussed. Over time, these sys­tems have had vary­ing lev­els of influ­ence on the built form of the city. These inter­con­nec­tions and ebbs and flows of influ­ence will be inves­ti­gat­ed using a com­bi­na­tion of the­o­ry, his­to­ry and case study analy­sis. A walk­ing site tour in Edmon­ton will be includ­ed to ana­lyze how these inter­re­lat­ed sys­tems have influ­enced, and were influ­enced by the phys­i­cal form of that urban area. Par­tic­i­pants will walk away with a more com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of city devel­op­ment and a new under­stand­ing of the inter­con­nec­tions of sys­tems in Cana­di­an cities today.

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:

  • Discuss the nature of the development of cities, historically and in the present day.
  • Identify and describe the systems operating in cities and how these systems manifest themselves in certain built forms.
  • Relate the connections between the systems operating in cities and how their importance has changed over time.
  • Deconstruct the urban built form in the context of the systems that have been identified.
  • Apply and demonstrate knowledge of the operation and manifestation of systems operating in a local context.
  • Evaluate and reflect upon your own learning process in relation to the course topics, activities and themes as they relate to professional practice and development.


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Overall Schedule
Lecture/Class Schedule
Mar 16Mar 18



8:30 am – 4:30 pm MT


8:30 am – 4:30 pm MT


8:30 am – 4:30 pm MT



Mar 30 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

21 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Robert Lipka

Your Instructor

Robert LipkaID: robert-lipka

Class info
This course has no prerequisites

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

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EXLUP 8219 is offered this winter: