When you look at the built world around you, do you notice everything that goes into making it your place? Your community? Your neighborhood?
Think about how you would describe your neighborhood and the people who live there. How did this place come to be? How does it run and how was it planned? What works and what makes it work? Answers to these questions and more make up the field of urban design and place-making. Take it to a bigger scale and you have the field of urban planning!
For this class, we will take a peek into neighborhood design and create a community space that works.
Continuing on the series on design, this course introduces students to what goes into making a neighborhood. Think of this course as a light city planning or urban design course! We will work with parameters of zoning, land-use, services, and more. We will also explore concepts of livability and sustainability. We will also focus on approaches like density, mixed-use, and 10-minute neighborhoods.
In this class, students create a small project: layout of a neighborhood and build on concepts that they would like to see in their neighborhood. They will also analyze their current neighborhood.
This course builds on the fundamentals of design but at a larger scale. It also gives students a sense of the community and hints at the complexity of the world around them.
Notes for Parents:
- Prerequisite for this course: students need to understand basics of design and should have taken some design courses in the past.
- If you have questions about whether this course is right for your child, please contact the instructor, “Prof.” Aparna Varadharajan.
- Homework completion is expected.