Urban design is often viewed as a bridge practice situated between the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. It is a hybridized field, influenced as much by politics as it is from transportation planning, law, economics, policy and environmental and social justice. As such, urban designers confront a wide range of variables that influence their work in many different settings and at many scales of practice. Revitalization of downtowns, sprawl repair, corridor planning and the reuse of industrial districts all require different skill sets and methods of implementation.
This course introduces the students (Architects and planners) to the approaches, techniques and tools of urban design necessary to structure the spatial and dimensional relationships of the built environment. The morphology of the city and the relationship of built form to circulation networks and open space configurations will be the primary subject of the class.
Sense OF Place
urban way of thinking