The Design of Cities: Policy, Planning, and People

Schools of Public Engagement: University Urban Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Design of Cities

Spring 2021

Taught By: Joseph Heathcott

Section: A

CRN: 7393

Credits: 3

This seminar orients students to major themes in the planning and design of metropolitan environments in a globalizing age. We examine these practices in an international context, drawing on a wide range of cases. We study the applications of urban planning and design to such elements as housing, property, land use, streets, transportation, utilities, industry, parks, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, leisure and entertainment. In all cases, we place these practices into the broader ambit of urban politics, policy, and social relations. The animating question of the course is this: how do multiple competing and colluding interests shape the planning and design of cities, and how do cities reflect these struggles in their built forms?Students of urban policy, management, and international affairs will benefit from this course by developing a more comprehensive understanding of planning and design. Through readings, discussions, films, and guest speakers, we explore the ways in which planning and design shape the physical, aesthetic, and social experience of cities. Students learn to read the signatures of design embedded in built landscapes, to form critical understandings of urban planning and design schemes, and to assess their impact on people and environments. In this way, students gain the capacity to build bridges to professions such as urban planning, design, architecture, and landscape architecture. Ultimately, the course will better position students to work across intellectual and practice boundaries to address the most pressing problems of cities.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: University Urban Studies (UURB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:03am 8/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 205

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021