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Urban Design, Fall 2003

Urban Design, Fall 2003

For many years, Cambridge, MA, as host to two major research universities, ... (more)

For many years, Cambridge, MA, as host to two major research universities, has been the scene of debates as to how best to meet the competing expectations of different stakeholders. Where there has been success, it has frequently been the result, at least in part, of inventive urban design proposals and the design and implementation of new institutional arrangements to accomplish those proposals. Where there has been failure it has often been explained by the inability - or unwillingness - of one stakeholder to accept and accommodate the expectations of another. The two most recent fall Urban Design Studios have examined these issues at a larger scale. In 2001 we looked at the possible patterns for growth and change in Cambridge, UK, as triggered by the plans of Cambridge University. And in 2002 we looked at these same issues along the length of the MIT 'frontier' in Cambridge, MA as they related to the development of MIT and the biotech research industry. In the fall 2003 Urban Design Studio we propose to focus in on an area adjacent to Cambridgeport and the western end of the MIT campus, roughly centered on Fort Washington. Our goal is to discover the ways in which good urban form, an apt mix of activities, and effective institutional mechanisms might all be brought together in ways that respect shared expectations and reconcile competing expectations - perhaps in unexpected and adroit ways. (less)

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M.I.T.
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Burns, Carol
De Monchaux, John
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Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Spring 2006

Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Spring 2006

This course examines the evolving structure of cities and the way that ... (more)

This course examines the evolving structure of cities and the way that cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas can be designed and developed. Guest speakers present cases, involving current projects, which illustrate the scope and methods of urban design practice. (less)

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Social Sciences
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Silberberg, Susan
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Urban Design Policy and Action, Spring 2009

Urban Design Policy and Action, Spring 2009

" In this course we examine the relationship between public policy and ... (more)

" In this course we examine the relationship between public policy and urban design through readings, discussions, presentations, and papers. We also analyze the ways in which policies shape cities, and investigate how governments implement urban design. Students gain a critical understanding of both the complex system of governance within which urban design occurs and the effective tools available for creative intervention." (less)

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Arts
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Inam, Aseem
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Urban Design Seminar, Spring 2005

Urban Design Seminar, Spring 2005

This course is a requirement for completion of the Urban Design Certificate ... (more)

This course is a requirement for completion of the Urban Design Certificate Program. It investigates the complex nature of 'successful' urban design, and attempts to identify and evaluate examples of urban design that are at the leading edge of practice, anticipating the future. The seminar will deal with two parallel questions: What are the key trends that will shape the future form and function of cities? and how will these changes affect the role of the urban designer? The first part of the seminar focuses on the present, and the second part of the semester will consider the future. After the course surveys the landscape of contemporary urban design practice, the challenge it will pose to students will be to identify the trajectory of cities and city design from both physical and social perspectives. (less)

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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Frenchman, Dennis M.
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Urban Design Politics, Spring 2010

Urban Design Politics, Spring 2010

This is a seminar about the ways that urban design contributes to ... (more)

This is a seminar about the ways that urban design contributes to the distribution of political power and resources in cities. "Design," in this view, is not some value-neutral aesthetic applied to efforts at urban development but is, instead, an integral part of the motives driving that development. The class investigates the nature of the relations between built form and political purposes through close examination of a wide variety of situations where public and private sector design commissions and planning processes have been clearly motivated by political pressures, as well as situations where the political assumptions have remained more tacit. We will explore cases from both developed and developing countries. (less)

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Social Sciences
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Vale, Lawrence
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Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Fall 2003

Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Fall 2003

Examines both the structure of cities and ways they can be changed. ... (more)

Examines both the structure of cities and ways they can be changed. Includes historical forces that have produced cities, models of urban analysis, contemporary theories of urban design, implementation strategies. Core lectures supplemented by discussion group focusing on student work. Speakers present cases involving current projects illustrating the scope and methods of urban design practice. This course introduces graduate students to ideas about the form of cities and how they are designed and developed. Part 1 explores the forces which act to shape and to change cities. Part 2 surveys models of urban design which have been invented in response to forces acting on cities. (less)

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Social Sciences
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
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Frenchman, Dennis M.
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Urban Design Policy and Action, Spring 2007

Urban Design Policy and Action, Spring 2007

Governments at every level assume a measure of responsibility for seeking good ... (more)

Governments at every level assume a measure of responsibility for seeking good design. Some of that responsibility is exercised directly--through the design and construction of government buildings, for example. But most changes to our environments are neither designed nor built by governments. Rather, they are the result of the actions and investments of private individuals, institutions, corporations, joint ventures, or private/public collaborations. Yet, the actions of all of these actors are affected by the design policies of government and the interventions that are undertaken to implement those policies. In this advanced graduate-level seminar we will explore new ways of thinking about urban design policy in an attempt to better understand just what government does--and what it can do effectively--in the realm of design policy. (less)

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Social Sciences
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Schuster, J. Mark
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Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Fall 2001

Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Fall 2001

Examines the evolving structure of cities and the way that cities, suburbs, ... (more)

Examines the evolving structure of cities and the way that cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas can be designed and developed. Guest speakers present cases, involving current projects, which illustrate the scope and methods of urban design practice. This is a class about how cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas change. It is an introductory subject for undergraduates that examines both the evolving structure of the American metropolis and the ways that it can be designed and developed. Topics range from grand ideas proposed by single individuals to smaller more incremental processes carried out through collaboration by a variety of contending parties. You will see how cities and suburbs have been changed in the past and how you and others may help change them in the future. (less)

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Social Sciences
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Vale, Lawrence
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Beijing Urban Design Studio, Summer 2006

Beijing Urban Design Studio, Summer 2006

This is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Urban Design Studio, which ... (more)

This is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Urban Design Studio, which is a joint program between the MIT and Tsinghua University Schools of Architecture and Planning. The goal of the studio is to foster international cooperation through the undertaking of a joint urban design and planning initiative in the city of Beijing involving important, often controversial, sites and projects. Since 1995, almost 250 MIT and Tsinghua University students and faculty have participated in this annual studio, making it one of the most successful and enduring international academic programs between China and the US. It has received the Irwin Sizer Award from MIT for outstanding innovation in education. The studio takes place over five weeks in June and July including several weeks in residence at Tsinghua University and two brief study tours to locations and projects that inform the work. It will include 18-20 MIT and 10-15 Tsinghua Architecture and Planning students. The Beijing City Planning Institute, responsible for strategic planning in the city, participates in the studio as the client. (less)

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Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Frenchman, Dennis
Wampler, Jan
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Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Fall 2006

Introduction to Urban Design and Development, Fall 2006

Examines both the structure of cities and ways they can be changed. ... (more)

Examines both the structure of cities and ways they can be changed. Includes historical forces that have produced cities, models of urban analysis, contemporary theories of urban design, implementation strategies. Core lectures supplemented by discussion group focusing on student work. Speakers present cases involving current projects illustrating the scope and methods of urban design practice. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
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Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Frenchman, Dennis
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Urban Design Studio: Providence, Spring 2005

Urban Design Studio: Providence, Spring 2005

The design of urban environments. Strategies for change in large areas of ... (more)

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. Involves architecture and planning students in joint work; requires individual designs or design and planning guidelines. (less)

Subject:
Arts
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Activities and Labs
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Dennis, Michael
Morrow, Greg
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Beijing Urban Design Studio, Summer 2004

Beijing Urban Design Studio, Summer 2004

The Beijing Urban Design Studio is a joint program between the MIT ... (more)

The Beijing Urban Design Studio is a joint program between the MIT and Tsinghua University Schools of Architecture and Planning. The goal of the studio is to foster international cooperation through the undertaking of a joint urban design and planning initiative in the city of Beijing involving important, often controversial, sites and projects. Since 1995, almost 250 MIT and Tsinghua University students and faculty have participated annually in the studio, making it one of the most successful and enduring international academic programs between China and the US. It has received the Irwin Sizer Award from MIT for outstanding innovation in education. The studio takes place over five weeks in June and July including several weeks in residence at Tsinghua University and two brief study tours to locations and projects that inform the work. It will include 18-20 MIT and 10-15 Tsinghua Architecture and Planning students. The Beijing City Planning Institute, responsible for strategic planning in the city, participates in the studio as the client. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Full Course
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Frenchman, Dennis M.
Lukez, Paul
Wampler, Jan
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Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City, Fall 2004

Urban Design Skills: Observing, Interpreting, and Representing the City, Fall 2004

An introduction to the methods of recording, evaluating, and communicating about the ... (more)

An introduction to the methods of recording, evaluating, and communicating about the urban environment. Through visual observation, field analysis, measurements, interviews, and other means, students learn to draw on their senses and develop their ability to deduce, conclude, question, and test conclusions about how the environment is used and valued. Through the use of representational tools such as drawing, photographing, computer modeling and desktop publishing, students communicate what is observed as well as their impressions and ideas. Intended as a foundation for future studio work in urban design. (less)

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Social Sciences
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Ben-Joseph, Eran
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Media Technology and City Design and Development, Fall 2002

Media Technology and City Design and Development, Fall 2002

Explores the potential of information technology and the internet to transform public ... (more)

Explores the potential of information technology and the internet to transform public education, city design, and community development in inner-city neighborhoods. Associated with the West Philadelphia Landscape Project, an ongoing action-research program integrating research, teaching, and community service since 1987. This workshop explores the potential of media technology and the Internet to enhance communication and transform city design and community development in inner-city neighborhoods. The class introduces a variety of methods for describing or representing a place and its residents, for simulating actions and changes, for presenting visions of the future, and for engaging multiple actors in the process of envisioning change and guiding action. Students will engage one neighborhood, meet real people working on real projects, put theory into practice, and reflect on insights gained in the process. This year the course will examine what it means to be an urban designer/planner and how to create a digital teaching tool (using digital storytelling) that supports others in learning about the relationship between design and planning professionals, on the one hand, and members of the communities they serve, on the other. What is the nature of the knowledge that resides in a community and how can designers and planners learn about, tap, and use that knowledge? What is the relationship between community organizing and urban design and planning? What are the relationships between you as a professional, the place(s) in which you work, and the values and care you bring to that work? We will explore these themes in the context of Camfield Estates in Lower Roxbury, MA and its participation in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Demonstration Disposition Project. There have been many stories written about Camfield Estates' participation in the Demonstration Disposition project, for it has been widely regarded as a model of success. There are two stories that have not yet been told, however: the story of the residents who organized the community and the story of the architects and planners who participated in the project. This course will use digital storytelling to reconstruct and connect these two stories. (less)

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Social Sciences
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Full Course
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
McDowell, Ceasar L.
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Sustainable Design and Technology Research Workshop, Spring 2004

Sustainable Design and Technology Research Workshop, Spring 2004

This workshop investigates the current state of sustainability in regards to architecture, ... (more)

This workshop investigates the current state of sustainability in regards to architecture, from the level of the tectonic detail to the urban environment. Current research and case studies will be investigated, and students will propose their own solutions as part of the final project. (less)

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Arts
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Activities and Labs
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Glicksman, Leon R.
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Water management in Urban Areas

Water management in Urban Areas

Master course on design and planning of the urban water management system. ... (more)

Master course on design and planning of the urban water management system. It deals with fluxes and processes in water and soil. Furthermore, aspects of water management policy development are discussed. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
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Full Course
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Collection:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Provider:
Delft University Opencourseware
Author:
F.H.M. van de Ven
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Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Urban and Environmental Analysis

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Urban and Environmental Analysis

GIS, a computer-based tool for storing, mapping, and analyzing spatial information together ... (more)

GIS, a computer-based tool for storing, mapping, and analyzing spatial information together with non-spatial data, is very helpful when studying urban and environmental topics. This course focuses on introducing students to the use of geographic information systems in the urban/suburban/metropolitan environment. Students will learn to use GIS and how to frame spatial questions for research and teaching as well as gain technical expertise. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
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Other
Collection:
Tufts University OpenCourseWare
Provider:
School of Arts & Sciences
Author:
Barbara Parmenter
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Beijing Urban Design Studio, Summer 2008

Beijing Urban Design Studio, Summer 2008

In 2008, the Beijing Urban Design Studio will focus on the issue ... (more)

In 2008, the Beijing Urban Design Studio will focus on the issue of Beijing's urban transformation under the theme of de-industrialization, by preparing an urban design and development plan for the Shougang (Capital Steel Factory) site. This studio will address whether portions of the old massive factory infrastructure can be preserved as a national industrial heritage site embedded into future new development; how to balance the cultural and recreational value of the site with environmental challenges; as well as how to use the site for urban development. A special focus of the studio will be to consider development approaches that minimize energy utilization. To research these questions, students will be asked to interact with clients from the factory, local residents, city officials and experts on transportation, environment, energy and real estate. They will assess strategic options for the steel factory and propose comprehensive plans for the design and development of the brownfield site. (less)

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Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
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Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Frenchman, Dennis
Wampler, Jan
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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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Activities and Labs
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ISKME
Provider:
ISKME
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Urbanization and Development, Spring 2009

Urbanization and Development, Spring 2009

" The course examines the causes and effects of rapid urbanization in ... (more)

" The course examines the causes and effects of rapid urbanization in developing countries. Using case studies from the world's four major developing regions, including (among others) Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Managua, Singapore, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Kabul, Beirut, Cairo, Kinshasa, Cape Town and Johannesburg, it explores the economic and political dynamics that grease the wheels of contemporary patterns of growth. In addition to examining both local and transnational forces that drive contemporary urbanization, the course focuses on key issues that emerge in rapidly growing cities of the developing world, ranging from growing income inequality and socio-economic exclusion, environmental challenges, and rising violence. Class sessions are discussion-based and focus on a critical analysis of the arguments presented in the readings." (less)

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Social Sciences
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
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Esser, Daniel
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Science and Technology
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
George Kocur
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