Urban Design


A combined lecture and seminar that provides a theoretical foundation for studio exploration. Topics include the history of urban evolution and figure/ground studies.

This class is a lecures/seminar/research component addressing design of form and space in cities through study of precedents, traditions, current directions in urban form making.

Objective of the course is to develop an understanding of the main principles of Urban Design, within a broader appreciation of the new demands and challenges of an increasingly urbanized world, of the complexity of the historical evolution of main urban forms, and of the few fundamental theories that lied the foundations of the current discourse in urban design.