Master of Urban Design

2014-2015 Catalog


URB D 501. Urban Design Local Studio
(3-6) Cr. 6. F. Prereq: Graduate standing; senior classification with instructor permission
This course combines analysis and observation of urban morphology and culture with urban design projects set in local cities of the United States. Its goal is to provide students with the skills to observe and interpret urbanism as they develop processes for designing cities concerned for physical form, ecological principles and human activity.

URB D 502. Urban Design Global Studio
(1-10) Cr. 6. S. Prereq: Graduate standing; senior classification with instructor permission
Students develop proposals for urban design interventions in an international context at multiple scales using investigation, analysis, observation and interaction. Field trips.

URB D 511. History of Urban Design
(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate standing; senior classification with instructor permission
Exploration of key episodes, movements and pioneering figures in the history of urban design from antiquity to the present. Focus on continual transformation of spatial organization, built form, and public space in relation to changing political power, social structure and technology. Course sessions develop chronologically and thematically with readings, discussions, student presentations and research projects.

URB D 521. Foundations of Urban Design
(3-0) Cr. 3. SS. Prereq: Graduate standing; senior classification with instructor permission
Introduction to the ways that urban designers think about the city with a focus on how history, theory and a wide range of contextual factors inform urban design practice. Field trip.

URB D 522. Theory of Urban Design
(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Graduate standing; senior classification with instructor permission
Study of contemporary theoretical texts that address the process of urbanization and the challenges of urban design in a global context. Course will be conducted in a combination of lecture and seminar formats and requires graduate-level readings, discussions and research.

URB D 531. Methods of Urban Design Workshop
(3-0) Cr. 3. SS. Prereq: Graduate standing; senior classification with instructor permission
An exploration of contemporary urban design methods derived from significant urban projects and (re)development initiatives. The workshop is organized around selected case studies as a means to articulate and evaluate methods for implementing urban design goals and objectives in a variety of urbanized contexts. Case studies will build on a combination of analytical research, lectures, student presentations and field trips.

URB D 532. Urban Design Media Workshop
(3-0) Cr. 3. SS. Prereq: Graduate standing; senior classification with instructor permission
An introduction to visual representation tools and techniques for generating and communicating urban design concepts and analytical research. Projects and exercises will utilize traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing, modeling and mapping, as well as desktop publishing tools for print, web and presentation graphics. Field trip.

URB D 533. Urban Design Methods
(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate standing; senior classification with instructor permission
This course develops a broad outline of alternative and competing urban design methods employed by the allied disciplines of planning, architecture and landscape architecture. Introduction to the techniques for developing conceptual models and representational skills through all phases of the urban design process. The course is structured around readings, lectures, group discussions, applied exercises, student presentations and field trips.