Economic and Ecological Management of Housing, Settlements and Cities


Undergraduate level | 2nd semester | Compulsory Unit | ΓΕ3100


Credit Units ECTS: 5 

Teaching Hours (Weekly): 3   

Course Type: General Knowledge

Prequisites: -- 

Teaching and Examination Language: Greek

For Erasmus students study course and exams are offered in English.

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Course Material

Core economic and ecological assessment. People and their needs. Principles of financial management of build environment and environmental planning - Practices - Ideal exemplary reference. European Union Papers and Directions for the build environment. Green Paper. White Paper. Green Vitruvius. Urban environment sustainability. Economic and ecological energy management (renewables) in the built environment. Bioclimatic design in settlements and cities. Ecological means of transport. Municipal waste management. Water management. Land use in the Greek city. Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment studies (EIA) in the built environment.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of the course is: a. to provide knowledge on the issues of economic and environmental management of the built environment and b. to develop the ability to further study and research such issues. Upon successful completion of the learning period for the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • Define the meaning and content of economic and ecological management and evaluate its contribution to sustainable local development.
  • Describe and analyze new trends and patterns in Europe with regard to the economic and ecological management of the built environment.
  • Cognize the primary practices for organizing actions aimed at economic and ecological regeneration of the built environment.

General Skills

  • Adapt to new circumstances situations
  • Decision making
  • Manage changes
  • Respect for the natural and social environment
  • Exercising critical thinking
  • Promote free, creative and inductive thinking
  • Design and project management

Learning and Teaching Techniques - Evaluation 

Teaching Methods: Face to face

Use of ICT: Special software supporting learning process through e-class digital platform

Course Organization:

ActivitySemester Work Load
Lectures 35
Individualized study and literature analysis 50
Essay writing 40
Total 125

 Assessment Methods:

  • Essay
  • Final written examination

Suggested literature

  • Oikonomou Ag. & Mitoula R. (2010). Ecological Management of Housing, Settlements and Cities. Environmental Impact Studies, ed. Stamoulis, Athens.
  • Stefanou Jos. & Mitoula R. (2003). Globalization, European Unification and the Physiognomy of the Greek City, ed. Papazisi, Athens.
  • Hatzopoulou-Tzika Al. (1997). Urban planning law, ed. University Publication N.T.U.A., Athens.
  • Aravandinos Ath. (1997). Urban planning for a sustainable urban development, ed. Simmetria, Athens.
  • Stefanou Jos. & Stefanou Joul. (1999). Description of the city image, ed. University Publication N.T.U.A., Athens.
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