Course Information: ARCH 4621
Department of Architecture, Cornell University

Final paper: Political trajectory of a "green" issue

Assigned: March 23, 2021
Due: Due during exam days (TBD).

Topic: Research and write about a "green" problem involving either location, site, water or waste, energy, atmosphere, materials, or indoor environmental quality.

Describe the "trajectory" of the problem: How did the problem arise? When did it become noticed and placed on the political agenda? Were voluntary standards promulgated? Were they effective? What were the arguments for and against government intervention and who made these arguments? Was a cost/benefit argument made? How and why was the problem resolved? Was the resolution satisfactory to all parties?

Requirements: 1600-2000 words, or approximately 5-6 typed pages, 1.5 line spacing; include proper citations for all quotes, images, or ideas that are not your own. See the Chicago Manual of Style for "notes and bibliography" or "author-date" systems.

If you prefer to add your own viewpoint to the paper, feel free to model it as an elaborated "op-ed" that both outlines the historical trajectory of the issue and also contains your own point of view. See this (and this) example from the NY Times.

Partial list of possible topics (or select your own topic):

Indoor environmental quality: