Spring 2022

ARC 369J (00940, 00941, 00942)


Course Objectives
Within the course, we will ask: What are the dynamics shaping cities in the coming decade(s)? What is the role of physical planning for a city? How instrumental have architects been in shaping the city? How was the planning of a city practiced historically? How do historical perspectives on planning play out in practice today? What planning tools affect architects in their practices? What is the role of design? How does this relate to land ownership, governance, and control? How do you engage with communities? How do you anticipate future change? How are digital technologies transforming cities?


By applying urban strategies within a design study, participants will learn to articulate how physical planning and architectural design practice intersect. Participants will understand the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical abilities, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals. Participants will be introduced to how different socio-economic groups have been affected by policies and agendas of physical planning historically.


The course provides the background and disciplinary ingredients to critically engage as an architect in urban design and city planning. Participants will learn which architectural elements and strategies influence urban design. Through a series of lectures, students will grasp in-depth knowledge of urban terminology, urban structure and urban form, history of cities, and city visions. Through a complementing research design study, participants will apply primary aspects of physical planning at urban scales.


 Course Aims
1. Elements of Physical Planning: to offer a series of concepts, topics, and strategies on the design of cities found in history and theory of architectural practice.
2. Academic Writing: practice the art of writing for public policy to express architectural visions for a city.
3. Research: develop the research skills necessary to understand urban strategies and their impact on the city's dynamics.