Site and Urban Systems Planning OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Course on Urban Planning

Published Jan 08, 2009

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MIT's OpenCourseWare project offers 'Site and Urban Systems Planning' free online. Students taking this graduate-level Urban Studies and Planning course learn how to analyze and plan building sites and the infrastructure that supports them, such as streets, drainage systems and utilities. The course takes a hands-on approach through several practical assignments and a final site-planning project.

Site and Urban Systems Planning: Course Specifics

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Site and Urban Systems Planning: Course Description

This graduate-level MIT course provides students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and abilities necessary for assessing and planning sites for development through real-world assignments and a final project. The course is taught by MIT Professor Eran Ben-Joseph, who shares a method for evaluating the land to be developed and studying and designing the site. In lectures, discussions and readings, Professor Ben-Joseph gives instructive examples of competent site planning and teaches technical abilities vital to the process. Subjects covered in the class include assessing and choosing a building site, organizing the available space, principles of grading the land, determining how water runoff will be handled, laying out streets, sidewalks and paths and planning for traffic flow and parking. The class is part of the curriculum for MIT's Master of Science program in Urban Studies and Planning.

The OpenCourseWare materials available online include sample lecture notes, a complete reading list and full descriptions of class assignments and the final project. If you are interested in learning more about this free online class, visit the site planning course page.

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