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Urban Climate Adaptation, Spring 2011

Urban Climate Adaptation, Spring 2011

"Designing a dream city is easy. Rebuilding a living one takes imagination." ... (more)

"Designing a dream city is easy. Rebuilding a living one takes imagination." -Jane Jacobs This course examines the challenges that cities will face and strategies they can use to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Particular attention will be paid to the presence of global disparities, the needs of vulnerable populations and resource constrained locales, and the ways in which local government and community-based activities can achieve equitable levels of climate-readiness. (less)

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Carmin, JoAnn
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Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions, Fall 2011

Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions, Fall 2011

A truly inter-disciplinary course, Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions ... (more)

A truly inter-disciplinary course, Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions reviews how law, economics, sociology, political science, and planning conceptualize urban land and property rights and uses cases to discuss what these different lenses illuminate and obscure. It also looks at how the social sciences might be informed by how design, cartography, and visual studies conceptualize space's physicality. This year's topics include land trusts for affordable housing, mixed-use in public space, and critical cartography. (less)

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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Case Study
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Annette M.
Kim
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The Once and Future City, Spring 2006

The Once and Future City, Spring 2006

Examines the evolving structure of cities, the dynamic processes that shape them, ... (more)

Examines the evolving structure of cities, the dynamic processes that shape them, and the significance of a city's history for its future development. Develops the ability to read urban form as an interplay of natural processes and human purposes over time. Field assignments in Boston provide the opportunity to use, develop, and refine these concepts. What is a city? What shapes it? How does its history influence future development? How do physical form and institutions vary from city to city and how are these differences significant? How are cities changing and what is their future? This course will explore these and other questions, with emphasis upon twentieth-century American cities. A major focus will be on the physical form of cities - from downtown and inner-city to suburb and edge city - and the processes that shape them. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Full Course
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Anne Whiston
Spirn
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Designing Future Cities: Alternative Energy

Designing Future Cities: Alternative Energy

In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, visit a class as they ... (more)

In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, visit a class as they design a city of the future that will use solar, wind, and water power to fuel its economy. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
Collection:
Teachers' Domain
Provider:
PBS Learning Media
Author:
WGBH Educational Foundation
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Precedents in Critical Practice, Fall 2012

Precedents in Critical Practice, Fall 2012

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a map of ... (more)

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a map of contemporary architectural practice and discourse. The seminar examines six themes in terms of their recent history: city and global economy, urban plan and map of operations, program and performance, drawing and scripting, image and surface, and utopia and projection. Students will study buildings and read relevant texts in order to place recent architectural projects in disciplinary and cultural context. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Humanities
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Full Course
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Ana Milja_ki
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ISKME's Sun Curve Design Challenge Project Wiki Page

ISKME's Sun Curve Design Challenge Project Wiki Page

This wiki page documents the Sun Curve Design Challenge, inspired by the ... (more)

This wiki page documents the Sun Curve Design Challenge, inspired by the "Sun Curve" aquaponic garden sculpture to challenge teachers and students to produce new OER materials and incorporate green design thinking into the classroom. (less)

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Science and Technology
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ISKME
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ISKME
No Strings Attached
A Green Light for CFLs?

A Green Light for CFLs?

In this problem-based learning case, three housemates in an environmentally-themed college house ... (more)

In this problem-based learning case, three housemates in an environmentally-themed college house debate the pros and cons of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) over incandescent lamps. The students raise issues of the cost difference between the lamps (both in the short and long term), energy use and greenhouse gas production in the manufacture and use of the lamps, and the mercury content in CFLs and the risks that poses to people and the environment. Students are asked to identify the information needed to evaluate the choice between the two lamp types, and then use a published life-cycle analysis to find and evaluate that information. To conclude, they make a decision and argue for it using quantitative evidence and reasoning. The case was developed for an intermediate-level course designed to help environmental studies students understand the role of scientific information and scientific thinking in resolving complex environmental problems. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
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Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
David L. Boose
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Planning for Sustainable Development, Spring 2006

Planning for Sustainable Development, Spring 2006

Explores policy and planning for sustainable development. Critically examines concept of sustainability ... (more)

Explores policy and planning for sustainable development. Critically examines concept of sustainability as a process of social, organizational, and political development drawing on cases from the US and Europe. Explores pathways to sustainability through debates on ecological modernization; sustainable technology development, international and intergenerational fairness, and democratic governance. Third subject in the Environmental Policy and Planning sequence. (less)

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Science and Technology
Material Type:
Case Study
Full Course
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
David
Laws
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Sun, Wind, Water, Earth, Life, Living

Sun, Wind, Water, Earth, Life, Living

The course aims is to understand the relation between urban design and ... (more)

The course aims is to understand the relation between urban design and planning and the aspects of: - sun, energy and plants - wind, sound and noise - water, traffic and other networks - earth, soil and site preparation - life, ecology and nature preservation - living, human density, economy and environment These themes in sustainable urban engineering are related to legends for design, described in a wide variety of lecture papers (720 pages, 1000 figures, 200 references, 5000 key words, 400 questions), accompanied by interactive Excel computer programmes to get quantitative insight. The assignment is an evaluation of an own earlier and future design work integrating sun, plantation, wind, noise, water, traffic, earth, land preparation, cables and pipes, life, natural differentiation, living, density, environment and proposing new legends for design. Study Goals The student: - is able to link urban interventions to urban development technology and within that interrelate urban designers to relevant technical specialists - is able to integrating sun, plantation, wind, noise, water, traffic, earth, land preparation, cables and pipes, life, natural differentiation, living, density, environment - is able to develop new legends for design from the perspective of sustainable urban engineering (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Full Course
Collection:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Author:
T.M. de Jong
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Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry, Spring 2006

Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry, Spring 2006

Explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing, investigating landscapes, and expressing ... (more)

Explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing, investigating landscapes, and expressing ideas. Readings, observations, and photographs form the basis of discussions on landscape, light, detail, place, poetics, and ways of seeing, among other issues. A rudimentary understanding of photography and access to a camera required. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
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Video Lectures
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Spirn, Anne Whiston
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City to City: Comparing, Researching and Writing about Cities: New Orleans, Spring 2011

City to City: Comparing, Researching and Writing about Cities: New Orleans, Spring 2011

City to City, as a class, will jump into the complexity of ... (more)

City to City, as a class, will jump into the complexity of planning in New Orleans, a post-disaster city. City-to-City will ask how a post-disaster city grapple with its ideas of identity, what it is, who it represents, and how it projects its sense of self to residences, businesses, tourists, and to the outside world. In considering its people, how do city planners think about who lives where and why? At the same time, how can city planners celebrate a city's history and its culture and how can these elements be woven into reconstruction? Students will travel from Cambridge to New Orleans over Spring Break to meet and consult with their alumni clients, and continue to work on projects. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
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Full Course
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Abbanat, Cherie Miot
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Downtown Management Organizations, Fall 2006

Downtown Management Organizations, Fall 2006

Focuses on the role of the business improvement district (BID) as a ... (more)

Focuses on the role of the business improvement district (BID) as a popular and contemporary tool for urban revitalization. Explores BID origins, theoretical underpinnings, enabling legislation, and organizational issues. Emphasizes BID service provision including advocacy, marketing, sanitation, streetscape improvement, security and transportation, while examining BID performance using such indicators as crime rates, vacancy rates, and retail sales. Considers BID organizations throughout North America as well as comparable schemes in Australia, Holland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. This course focuses on the origins, functions, and implications of downtown management organizations (DMOs), such as business improvement districts, in a variety of national contexts including the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. It critically examines how a range of urban theories provide a rationale for the establishment and design of DMOs; the evolution and transnational transfer of DMO policy; and the spatial and political externalities associated with the local proliferation of DMOs. Particular emphasis is given to the role of DMOs in securing public space. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
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Full Course
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Hoyt, Lorlene
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Sites in Sight: Photography as Inquiry, Fall 2003

Sites in Sight: Photography as Inquiry, Fall 2003

Explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing, investigating landscapes, and expressing ... (more)

Explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing, investigating landscapes, and expressing ideas. Readings, observations, and photographs form the basis of discussions on landscape, light, detail, place, poetics, and ways of seeing, among other issues. A rudimentary understanding of photography and access to a camera required. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Full Course
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Spirn, Anne Whiston
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Students Study Urban Ecology

Students Study Urban Ecology

See how Boston middle and high school students shape urban planning in ... (more)

See how Boston middle and high school students shape urban planning in their own neighborhoods, through place-based Bioacoustics and Urban Trees curriculum projects. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Collection:
Teachers' Domain
Provider:
PBS Learning Media
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Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense of Cities

Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense of Cities

The purpose of this lesson is to understand that while cities have ... (more)

The purpose of this lesson is to understand that while cities have unattractive features, the density of human life enables energy efficiency, mass transit, recycling, and other benefits which are difficult or impossible in rural areas. Thus, the impact of any given individual urban dweller on the environment may be less than that of a suburban or rural individual, while quality of life may by some measures be higher. (less)

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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Collection:
Science Netlinks
Provider:
AAAS
Author:
Dr. Penny Firth
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The City, Spring 2003

The City, Spring 2003

Examines the evolving structure of cities, the dynamic processes that shape them, ... (more)

Examines the evolving structure of cities, the dynamic processes that shape them, and the significance of a city's history for its future development. Develops the ability to read urban form as an interplay of natural processes and human purposes over time. Field assignments in Boston provide the opportunity to use, develop, and refine these concepts. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Full Course
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Other
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Spirn, Anne Whiston
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Stories Without Words: Photographing the First Year, Fall 2005

Stories Without Words: Photographing the First Year, Fall 2005

The transition from high school and home to college and a new ... (more)

The transition from high school and home to college and a new living environment can be a fascinating and interesting time, made all the more challenging and interesting by being at MIT. More than recording the first semester through a series of snapshots, this freshman seminar will attempt to teach photography as a method of seeing and a tool for better understanding new surroundings. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a body of work through a series of assignments, and then attempt to describe the conditions and emotions of their new environment in a cohesive final presentation. (less)

Subject:
Arts
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Activities and Labs
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
McCluskey, Keith
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Stories Without Words: Photographing the First Year, Fall 2006

Stories Without Words: Photographing the First Year, Fall 2006

The transition from high school and home to college and a new ... (more)

The transition from high school and home to college and a new living environment can be a fascinating and interesting time, made all the more challenging and interesting by being at MIT. More than recording the first semester through a series of snapshots, this freshman seminar will attempt to teach photography as a method of seeing and a tool for better understanding new surroundings. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a body of work through a series of assignments, and then attempt to describe the conditions and emotions of their new environment in a cohesive final presentation. (less)

Subject:
Arts
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Activities and Labs
Full Course
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Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
McCluskey, Keith
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American Urban History II, Fall 2011

American Urban History II, Fall 2011

This is a seminar course that explores the history of selected features ... (more)

This is a seminar course that explores the history of selected features of the physical environment of urban America. Among the features considered are parks, cemeteries, tenements, suburbs, zoos, skyscrapers, department stores, supermarkets, and amusement parks. The course gives students experience in working with primary documentation sources through its selection of readings and class discussions. Students then have the opportunity to apply this experience by researching their own historical questions and writing a term paper. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
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Full Course
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Robert Fogelson
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Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning - The Cardener River Corridor Workshop, Fall 2001

Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning - The Cardener River Corridor Workshop, Fall 2001

This landscape and environmental planning workshop investigates and propose a framework for ... (more)

This landscape and environmental planning workshop investigates and propose a framework for the enhancement, development and preservation of the natural and cultural landscape of the Cardener River Corridor in Catalunya Spain. The workshop is carried out in conjunction with the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, and the Barcelona Provincial Council (DiputaciĚ_ de Barcelona). (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
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Full Course
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Ben-Joseph
Eran
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Science and Technology
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
George Kocur
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