Urban Design: Principles and Practices Certificate

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      In order to frame large scale spatial development projects, designers today must understand the evolution of cities over history, including the socio‐cultural landscape that has given form to urban spaces over time. The Urban Design: Principles and Practices Certificate offers a platform for discussion over these underlying principles and sets the tone for students to consider alternative expressions for future densification and large scale urban developments of the 21st century. Students will understand how urban design solutions based on certain ethical frameworks can influence public policy and a more sustainable approach to urban development throughout our cities.

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      Certificate requires 9 credits; 3 courses from the following:

      Certificate Enrollment

      To enroll in the Urban Design: Principles and Practices Certificate, submit a Certificate Enrollment Form to Continuing Education in the Registrar's Office. For course registration information, visit Continuing Education Students.


      Learning Goals

      HTC1034 Contemporary Landscape Architecture Seminar: The Evolution of Urban Form

      • Explore how cities have been shaped over history, from the late 19th century to the present.
      • Understand the debate and the disciplinary influences shaping our cities, including architecture, planning, urban design, and landscape architecture theories, and the influential people and projects.
      • Explore and discuss 21st century cultural values through topics in urban-environmental resilience, densification, and diversity.

      TSM2013 Public Policy and Environmental Ethics for Sustainable Communities

      • Understand public policy processes, including the development and implementation of policy.
      • Establish connections between policy and spatial design, with an emphasis on sustainable principles and the planning of future sustainable communities.
      • Understand the tools and political landscape for directing public policy and shaping the environment.

      LAN2004 Urban Design and Infrastructure Networks (advanced students)

      • Understand fundamental principles of urban design.
      • Examine and articulate spatial design within a greater urban context.
      • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of urban design and infrastructure planning.
      • Utilize a macro-micro design approach in urban environments.
      • Apply analytical and graphic skills to represent existing and future design strategies in urban environments.

      Fundamentals of Design Studio (students without design experience)

      • Understand the elements and principles of design.
      • Express ideas developed in the design process through visual media (ideation drawings and sketches).
      • Explore multiple ideas for solving design problems.
      • Apply space planning techniques to the design process.