Urban Design

Urban Design

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In Urban Design students explore the creative and ongoing process of the city as an interdisciplinary art form we live in and navigate daily. Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago, the foundation and text of this class, illustrates the historical context of modern city planning. Non-European models of city design are explored along with master-planned, utopian, and sustainable city models. Illustrated lectures and readings generate class discussions and art projects that culminate in an exhibition. Students research the current design methods and strategies of city planning and analyze how these practices may limit or cultivate spontaneity, innovation, and functionality in urban design. Students work individually and collaboratively on projects and presentations that analyze the key issues and problems that face cities and urban renewal and sustainability. Design professionals are brought in to work through questions with students. Students understand the aesthetic and economic impact the arts have on urban and civic design.

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