Global Cities | Global Communities Seminar
Global Cities/Global Challenges is a series of lectures addressing some of the most pressing challenges our cities are facing today. The series focuses on issues of social and environmental justice while exploring a variety of strategies and tactics for good city-making. Students learn about some of the causes of the ‘wicked problems’ we are tackling and discuss what is at stake if we don’t find viable solutions soon, while also hearing about several recent success stories that show how things can really change for the better. We look at case studies from across the world to illustrate what environmental design can do to make our urban regions more resilient, livable and equitable.
Urban Innovation Seminar
The Urban Innovation Seminar is meant to supplement the studio with theory and lively discourse. Students are be active participants in the learning process. There are weekly assigned readings and writing that, in addition to a seminar presentation by the Program Director, will provide a framework to discuss and contextualize the program goals and studio work. The Urban Innovation Seminar is presented in three modules: Urban Place, Urban Form, and Urban Futures.
Urban Place focuses on understanding the transformations of the built and natural environment of cities and how this can be used to inform future design decisions. Topics include the use of mapping to geo-reference and layer past, present, and potential future urban and natural conditions to develop a narrative of place.
Urban Form explores precedents of city block and housing typologies around the world and the factors and urban theory that shaped it. Examples include built urban form from various time periods and the speculative urban form proposals and theory that influenced it.
Urban Futures looks at the continually evolving nature of cities, which are ever changing based on economic, social, environmental, and technological factors. Topics include smart cities, big data, autonomous driving vehicles, ecoblocks, sustainability initiatives, resilience cities, and the role of science fiction and speculative design.