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Topics In Social Structures: Urban Villages & Neighborhoods


The Urban Villages and Neighborhood Planning course this semester will focus on food as a theme, particularly how food is a strategy for developing vital, sustainable and healthy neighborhoods. This course provides an overview of urban villages and neighborhood planning concentrating on food systems. During the course of the semester, the historic role of markets and food will be explored as well as food security; food as part of placemaking – the role of restaurants, farmers markets and cafes; food and local culture; urban village food planning as a catalyst for sustainability and carbon foot print reduction; food as a social and environmental justice issue; and the role of agriculture in the urban village. Various strategies for effectively working with neighborhood residents and stakeholders around food issues will be explored. Students will have an opportunity to work with real-life urban villages and neighborhoods. Students should be prepared to actively participate, read, discuss, analyze, successfully undertake assignments and a final project, and visit urban villages and neighborhoods.

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fulfills MLA: Required
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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