Sustainable Mobility and Logistics - Cathy Macharis, Joeri Van Mierlo, Tom Van Lier, Maarten Messagie

1st semester, 6 ECTS

Logistics and mobility are essential aspects of the economy. At the same time, they also induce a lot of external effects such as emissions, climate change, noise nuisance and congestion. This course focuses on how logistics and mobility can be organized in a more sustainable way. First, research techniques being applied within the area of logistics and mobility will be discussed and second, the most recent research results and trends will be presented. Topics that are dealt with involve basic logistics and mobility concepts, mobility management, traffic models, intermodal transport, sustainability impact assessment tools (i.e. life-cycle assessment en external cost calculations), evaluation methods in transport (i.e. social cost-benefit analysis, multi-actor multi-criteria analysis) and city distribution.

Infrastructure and Mobility - Philippe Bouillard

2nd semester, 5 ECTS

European cities concentrate 60% of the population of Europe and are currently growing at a rate of over 5% every ten years. Achieving better mobility is one of the greatest challenges of the contemporary society and a necessity for a competitive Europe and for the quality of life of European citizens. At the end of the course, the student will be able to: to analyse the interaction between infrastructure and mobility; to analyse the mobility in a sustainable approach; to assess the different transport modes and technologies (including emerging SMART technologies); to assess the mobility conditions in modern cities; to design sustainable solutions to improve the mobility in terms of spatial planning and infrastructure considering density and social aspects.

Land Use Planning and Growth Management - Kobe Boussauw

2nd semester, 3 ECTS

This course focuses on the problems of and methods for controlling spatial development and urbanization. Starting from the international literature on the causes and consequences of sprawl, we descend to the Belgian context. The phenomena of sprawl, suburbanization and peri-urbanization are viewed from different perspectives. Aesthetic, socio-cultural, urban-economic and ecological aspects are discussed, while relationships are established regarding phenomena such as urban flight, social segregation, flooding, accessibility and road safety. Then, possible solutions are assessed, starting from a conceptual approach to compact development. Instruments and policies aimed at discouraging sprawl and encouraging compact development are discussed. Green belts, land use planning, urban growth boundaries, transferable development rights and transit-oriented development are explained and positioned relative to the instruments that are or have been used in planning practice in Belgium.