Brief description of the course:
The first part of the course will be dedicated to the analysis of different models of creating and managing the urban systems, such as private, public, public private partnership, and social management. This analysis will also include the study of business models for managing buildings, urban infrastructure and urban services. The second part of the course will be dedicated to the development of analatical skills, writing analytical texts and public presentations. Finaly each students will have to do research and propose a new business model for existing or new city services based on the “distributed city” principles.
The goal of this course is to inform students about relation between functioning of the city and business approaches which support every urban project: from the construction of buildings and operation of utility networks to the differents services that are offered in the city. During the course students will study the relation between investments in the urban systems and their operations. They will also study the economic nature of the common good and its impact on city management. This course will provide students with instruments to analyze development projects, urban public projects and public private partnerships with a particular focus on studying modern business models that support the principles of a distirbuted city.