UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Closed for 2017

Sustainability of the Built Environment 

Tokyo, Kyoto, Kyushu, Japan

Arrive Date: June 21, 2017    End Date: July 18, 2017

Program Overview

The program reviews basic principles of design for sustainability, with emphasis on sustainability of the built environment. The Japanese are innovators in this area, which includes life cycle design procedures that reduce economic and environmental costs. Such costs are related to materials usage and energy consumption, waste generation, emissions to the environment, and health effects. The course contents, including field trips within the Tokyo Metropolitan area and extensive site visits to the Kyushu Islands, will highlight Japanese innovations from broad engineering perspectives. The companion course, Statics, supports many branches of engineering and complements study within the sciences. Cultural experiences will be enhanced through visits to Kyoto, other cities, and the Japanese countryside.

Instructor:  John Bolander

Taught In:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

Program Coordinator:  Kendall Quisenberry 


Engineering (ENG) 35. Statics (4 units)

Civil and Environmental Engineering (ECI) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Prerequisites: Summer Abroad will be enforcing prerequisites for this program. For more information, see Academics.

Program Highlights
  • Learn about Japanese historical practices and emerging, innovative approaches with respect to sustainability of the built environment; the companion course, Statics (or the equivalent course for your campus), is required for most engineering majors.
  • Explore Tokyo and its environs, which offer numerous cultural treasures (of the arts, architecture, and cuisine) and astonishing views of modern Japanese culture.
  • Venture in the countryside for impressive vistas of iconic Mt Fuji and travel aboard the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to visit Kyoto, which boasts of 17 UNESCO world heritage sites.
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