Course description:

This foundation course introduces graduate students to the theory, methods and practice of physical design for urban areas. Classes involve a variety of teaching and learning approaches including lectures, seminars, and case studies in built form, relying on both historical and contemporary urban precedents from around the world.



  • To develop an understanding of interrelationships between nature and human interventions
  • To develop an awareness of thematic traditions in site design.
  • To provide an overview of the history of site design as a potential source for precedent analysis.
  • To develop an ability to observe, document, analyze, and describe site conditions.
  • To develop an understanding of technical, legal, regulatory and ethical determinants in site design.
  • To develop an understanding of the relationship between human activities and their accommodation in the landscape.
  • To develop an understanding of the diverse palette of materials employed in site design.
  • To develop ability to responsibly and effectively manipulate site conditions within a design scenario.
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UPD 7102 Planning and Design Fundamentals DOC PDF PS