Urban Design Studio

Department Numbers
Department 1: 
NRE
Number 1: 
750
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Description: 
This studio aims to further develop skills in conceptualization and visualization through consideration of
contemporary urban design issues. It includes documentation and analysis of urban form and process,
and explores site planning and design of the public realm. Issues of local and regional identity and
sustainability inform the approach of the studio. Development of a portfolio will be a requirement of the
course.
Objectives
1. To gain experience in documenting, analyzing and understanding urban form and its evolution
2. To develop knowledge of key concepts and principles of urban design and their application through the
exploration of an approach and methodology for urban design
3. To develop the ability to address issues and opportunities at the urban scale in three-dimensional form
through a process of design development
4. To gain experience in graphic thinking and communication as it relates to urban design
The course aims for students to engage with complex urban design challenges and to achieve levels of
resolution well beyond their previous studio assignments, while critically engaging and challenging their
own design processes. Students are required to take a clear position on the issues at stake and articulate
that position visually and spatially through their own individual project. All assignment work will be projectbased,
with each of the stages building upon one another to produce a final design that demonstrates
technical, theoretical, ecological and spatial competencies.

Credits

Minimum Credits: 
2
Maximum Credits: 
2
Pass/Fail: 
Undergrad: 
No
Graduate: 
Yes
Prerequisites: 

Terms Offered

Fall Semester: 
Yes
Winter Semester: 
No
Spring Semester: 
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