Subjects

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
M (3:00-6:00) (10-401)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Examines ways urban design contributes to distribution of political power and resources in cities. Investigates the nature of relations between built form and political purposes through close study of a wide variety of situations where public sector design commissions and planning processes have been clearly motivated by political pressures.

instructors
Dennis Frenchman, Steve Weikel
units
6-0-12H
schedule
MW (2:30-5:30), M (6:00-7:30) (10-485)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on the synthesis of projects for the real estate development industry, including the integration of physical design and programming with finance and marketing. Interdisciplinary student teams analyze how to maximize value in large-scale, mixed use projects in the process of preparing professional development proposals, involving sites in US cities and internationally.

instructors
units
6-0-9G / PRACTICUM
schedule
TR (2:00-5:00) (10-485)
prerequisites
description

Introduces the range of practical approaches involved in evaluating and planning sites within the context of natural and cultural systems. Develops the knowledge and skills to analyze and plan a site for development through assignments and a client-based project.

instructors
Carlo Ratti, Ricardo Alvarez
units
3-0-6H
schedule
F (10:00-1:00) (10-401)
prerequisites
description

The Digital Revolution is changing the way we live today as radically as the Industrial Revolution did almost two centuries ago. As urbanization accelerates across the world, digital media and information technologies hold huge potential for understanding, designing, and managing cities.

instructors
Lauren Jacobi
units
3-0-6 H / 3-0-9H
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (3-133)
prerequisites
4.252J, 11.001J, 11.301J, or permission of instructor
description

Why and how are cities made? What forces have shaped cities through time? And how has the physical urban form of the city structured power relations?

instructors
Brent D. Ryan, Rafi Segal
units
0-12-9G
schedule
TR (1:00-6:00) (Studio (3-405/3-405A))
prerequisites
description

The design of urban environments. Strategies for change in large areas of cities, to be developed over time, involving different actors. Fitting forms into natural, man-made, historical, and cultural contexts; enabling desirable activity patterns; conceptualizing built form; providing infrastructure and service systems; guiding the sensory character of development.

instructors
units
2-0-7G
schedule
W (9:00-11:00) (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Examines innovations in urban design practice occurring through the work of leading practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Features evening or in-class lectures by major national and global practitioners in urban design.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
F (12:00-3:00) (10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

This workshop explores the relationships between landscape, ecology, and urbanism, and the theories, tactics, and workings of the field of Landscape Urbanism.  Topics will vary from year to year as Landscape Urbanism evolves. This year we question Landscape Urbanism’s ability to deal with issues of resiliency and climate change adaptation.

instructors
units
2-0-7G
schedule
W (2:00-4:00) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Examines the relationship between urban design ideals, urban design action, and the built environment through readings, discussions, presentations, and papers. Analyzes the diverse design ideals that influence cities and settlements, and investigates how urban designers use them to shape urban form.

instructors
units
3-0-9H
schedule
TR (2:30-4:00) (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Analysis of local and state power to regulate land use and development. Particular emphasis on the evolution of planning and zoning regulations, and the perceived narrowing of the relationship between public improvements requirements and development impact.