Classes

Urban Design Proseminar

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

The proseminar is a forum for conversation on contemporary urban design. It is structured around three overlapping discussions: the formation of the discipline, critiques of urban design, and projections and speculations on the future of the discipline. Theory and practice are contextualized in a way that is not limited to the study of the physical city but includes operations made on the city as well as topics in related fields. The course examines the contested terrain of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, with engineering, geography, sociology, and Read more about Urban Design Proseminar

Reinventing (and Reimagining) Boston: The Changing American City

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

This multi-disciplinary course uses Boston’s dramatic economic, demographic, and physical transformations over the last several decades to help students better appreciate, understand and participate in contemporary urban life. In particular, it explores four central questions at the heart of any conversation about any city. “How do things work? What do they mean? How do things get done and how should they get done?” To answer these questions, the course draws on a wide number of sources and Read more about Reinventing (and Reimagining) Boston: The Changing American City

Reinventing (and Reimagining) Boston: The Changing American City

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

American cities have changed in extraordinary ways. In the last half of the 20th century, there was gloom about urban life and many cities were projected to decline and decay. Many did but Boston and other cities blossomed, becoming models of urban renaissance. Using Boston as a case, this course considers issues of economic change, technology, neighborhood inequality, political governance, elite relations, cultural institutions, crime, race and ethnic relations, immigration, gentrification Read more about Reinventing (and Reimagining) Boston: The Changing American City