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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 Politecnico di Torino ​​​​​in Italy and students from DePaul University in the 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

Interaction Mode:

  • Synchronous
  • Asynchronous

Learning Outcomes :

  • Students distinguished among the roles and responsibilities of the policy actors and approaches toward redevelopment.
  • Students analyzed how land revitalization takes place across the United States and compared it to Europe (Italy).
  • Students applied the concepts of the redevelopment process, including socioeconomic, site assessment background, environmental justice, risk and community participation in a case study from Chicago.
  • Students compared and contrasted different cultural approaches toward land redevelopment processes. 

DePaul Magazine 2018 (see page 11-12)
PoliTO Newsletter, July 2018 (see page 12-13)

Kelly Tzoumis

Kelly Tzoumis

Photo Credit : Tom Evans

Institution: DePaul University
Discipline: Public Policy Studies
Course name: Sustainable Land Revitalization and Brownfields Policy

Claudia Cassatella

Claudia Cassatella

Institution: Politecnico di Torino
Discipline: Urban/Environmental Policy and Planning
Course name: Landscape and Territorial Planning Studio

Partner Institution

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States


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