Understanding Urban Complexity

Cities are massive, interconnected, complicated systems, but luckily there are techniques to observe and make sense of them.  In particular, in the seminar we will get to know Greater Boston and the field of urban planning by thinking about urban systems and urban data.

Each week we'll explore a different aspect of city life and urban planning using scholarly articles and real-world examples; topics will include demographics, transit, housing and development patterns, ecological systems, and more.  We'll learn techniques for analysis and visualization using data, maps, and digital imagery, but we'll also get to get out into the city to see what sort of information we can gather from first-hand observation.

No formal background in statistics, data analysis, or programming (or urban planning) is necessary, although you do need to have a basic willingness to try new things.