Urban Nature and City Design OpenCourseWare: Graduate Level Free Online Course by MIT on the Study of Urban Environments

Published Jan 05, 2009

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The OpenCourseWare project at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) presents free materials from the graduate-level course 'Advanced Seminar: Urban Nature and City Design.' In the course, students read widely on topics affecting city planning and design, keep a weekly journal about their readings and class discussions and research and present a case study on the role of nature in urban design.

Advanced Seminar: Urban Nature and City Design: Course Specifics

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Advanced Seminar: Urban Nature and City Design: Course Description

In the first part of this master's level Urban Studies and Planning course, students investigate how natural processes shape urban environments and how city planners and designers can adapt to those processes to achieve their goals. Lectures focus on case examples of how several cities adapted to natural processes. The cities studied include New Orleans, Los Angeles and Boston. In the second part of the course, students get to choose their own case to research, and they present their findings by creating a website. Students also must keep a weekly journal where they reflect on the class readings and lectures. The seminar-style class is taught by MIT professor Anne Whiston Spirn.

The OpenCourseWare version of this seminar presents a reading list and examples of several students' final projects. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the city design and urban nature course page.

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