Cities by Design I

“Cities by Design I” is concerned with in-depth longitudinal examination of urban conditions in and among selected cities in the world. The broad aims are: to engage in both comparative study for the purpose of broadening definitions of what it is to be urban; to identify characteristics that render particular cities distinct; to understand the manner in which geography, locational circumstances, and related infrastructural improvements both constrain and promote opportunities for city development; and to gain insight into the role of human agencies, planning institutions, and design cultures in shaping cities and their role in broader regions. The cities under examination are Barcelona, Boston, Berlin, Mumbai, Quito, and Shanghai. Each will be the subject of three lectures followed by student-led presentations around four preassigned projects, themes, or events of consequence for the city in question and how these projects, themes, or events are reflective of the city’s broader narratives.

“Cities by Design I” is mandatory for and limited to all incoming Master of Architecture or Landscape Architecture in Urban Design students. Grading in this fall semester will be based on performance in the student-led presentations, attendance, general class participation, and a final response essay.