URP 565– Urban Design: Understanding Form

URP 565– Urban Design: Understanding Form.

What is a good city? The city that is legible, healthy, resilient, sustainable and equitable? How is its urban form and organized? How can you recognize it when you see one? Intended as an introduction to the field of Urban Design, this interdisciplinary course fulfills partial requirements for both an MArc-GRG/Urban Design (Technical Method) and an MUP-Urban Design Specialization track.

Course Details

Course No.: 10326
Department: Urban and Regional Planning
Semester: 2018 Fall
Location: Hayes Hall – 217
Meeting Day(s): Wednesday
Meeting Time: 2:00 PM - 4:40 PM
Faculty: Hata

The intent of the course is to provide the students with broad knowledge base of contemporary urbanism and to train the critical eye/mind for improving the city of the 21st century. Illustrative lectures and projects will give us the basis of acquiring basic skill-sets to observe, visualize, and map out good urban form. The class examines historical and contemporary practices and activity of urban design, how to integrate urban design to transportation planning, regulatory and policy frameworks, and how to build/implement visions. The semester will be organized on issue-oriented topics as follows:

  1. An Overview of Great Historic and Contemporary Urbanism
  2. Elements of Good Public Places and Good Urban Form: Visual/Spatial Structure and Streets (transportation)/Urban Design
  3. Regulatory Framework for Creating Good Urban Form
  4. Implementation Strategy in Urban Design