In Spring 2013, I will offer a new course at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management with the lofty title of “Real Estate Investment and the Development of Sustainable Cities”. Here is the course blurb; “This course applies key ideas from real estate economics and real estate finance to investigate the incentives of developers, urban politicians, and real estate investors to produce “green homes”, “green communities” and ultimately “sustainable cities”. Special attention will be paid to the opportunities from investing in energy efficient residential and commercial buildings and for developing and upgrading real estate in close proximity to public transit networks. The course will embrace an international perspective to examine the rise of Eco-Friendly Cities in developed and developing nations.”
While I have already posted a preliminary syllabus here, I would appreciate hearing some advice about what topics and readings you would suggest including in such an experimental course. The students will not be Ph.Ds but they all will be graduate students from different branches of UCLA. The Anderson School has not offered this course before and if I screw this up it won’t be offered again!