UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Closed for 2017

Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe

Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland

Arrive Date: July 2, 2017   End Date: July 31, 2017

Program Overview

This program examines the plans, systems, and designs for urban sustainability from multiple perspectives from transit, bike and ped circulation to renewable energy systems to waste management, land use, and urban planning and landscape/open space design. Relying on lectures, field trips, bike tours, guest speakers, design and planning problems, and reading-the-city exercises, the program shows what lessons can be taken from Europe back to U.S. cities. We will visit 8-10 cities—large and small—in 4-5 countries that have demonstrated a commitment and success in becoming more sustainable; this includes looking in-depth at various deliberate eco-districts and neighborhoods like Vauban, Rieselfeld, Trekronner, Vestra Hamnen, and Hammarby Sjostad, in places like Stockholm, Copenhagen, Malmo, Freiburg, Lucerne, and elsewhere. The importance of strong urban planning principles and strong urban design approaches is studied throughout the summer.

What do students say about this program and the instructor? Read comments at the end of the instructor biography to see how Sustainable Cities has made a significant impact in their lives.

To get a real feel for this program and a visual tour, visit the instructor's blog.

Instructor:  Jeff Loux

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  26

Program Coordinator:  Greg Gundersen

Info Session Presentation


Landscape Architecture (LDA) 191Workshop in Landscape Architecture (4 units)

Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) 173Land Use and Growth Controls (4 units)

Graduate units are available (LDA 297 and LDA 298) per the consent of the instructor.

Prerequisites: Summer Abroad will be enforcing prerequisites for this program. See Academics.

Program Highlights
  • Visit some of the most sustainable and vibrant cities in Europe, seeing it on foot, train and bicycle.
  • Learn how European communities have embraced energy efficiency, recycling, renewable energy, car-free transportation, nature areas in the city, alternative housing and urban design.
  • Explore 8-10 European cities in 4-5 countries that demonstrate many principles and design strategies for sustainability.