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Sustainable Land Revitalization and Brownfields Policy

​Project Summary : 

In this virtual exchange collaboration between a Landscape and Regional Planning course and a Sustainable Land Revitalization and Brownfields Policy Course, students from the Polytechnic of Turin(PoliTO) in Italy and students from DePaul University in USA collaborated on a comparative study of various aspects of brownfield regeneration and sustainable land use planning. 

During the first week of the GLE interaction, students reviewed various intercultural materials, including completing assessment tools, and then compared the results both at an individual and a country-to country level. The students then reflected on their results in a discussion board and commented on each other's postings. Next, the students read several cases and scholarly articles/book chapters on the land revitalization and urban redevelopment programs and processes in both countries and included analysis from their meetings with their peers. After a follow-up synchronous Zoom meeting, students worked on their own case studies and then compared them. Then they reviewed the case studies of their international peers (initially submitted in PowerPoint format) and the comments were used to revise the case studies which were then turned into final Voice Thread Project. 

This project was showcased both in the Summer 2018 issue of DePaul Magazine, as well as in the July 2018 issue of Politecnico Di Torino's NewDist Magazine. 

Project Length : 
  • 10 Weeks
Technology Tools Used : 
  • D2L
  • Microsoft Excel/Word
  • PowerPoint 
  • Zoom
  • Voice Thread 
Communication Type/ Interaction Mode :
  • ​Synchronous 
  • Asynchronous
Learning Outcomes :
  • ​Distinguish among the roles and responsibilities of the policy actors and approaches toward redevelopment. 
  • Analyze how land revitalization takes place across the United States and compare it to Europe (Italy).
  • Apply the concepts of the redevelopment process, including socioeconomic, site assessment background, environmental justice, risk and community participation in a case study from Chicago. 
  • Compare and contrast different cultural approaches toward land redevelopment processes. 
Reflection Component : 
  • ​A final discussion board with questions for reflections.


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