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1IntroductionSchurch, Thomas. "Reconsidering Urban Design: Thoughts about its Definition and Status as a Field or Profession." Journal of Urban Design 4, no. 1 (1999): 5-28.
Part 1: Forces Affecting Urban Development
2Viewpoints on the City

Amazon logo Clay, Grady. "Introduction, Word Game, Fixes." In Close Up. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1980, pp. 11-37. ISBN: 0226109453.

Amazon logo Jackson, J. B. "The Stranger's Path." In Landscapes. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1952, pp. 92-106. ISBN: 0870230549.

Amazon logo Lynch, Kevin. "City Image and Its Elements." In Image of the City. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1960, pp. 46-90. ISBN: 0262620014.

3The Forces that Made Boston

Amazon logo Whitehill, Walter Muir. Boston: A Topographical History. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1975. ISBN: 0674002687. (General reference for Assignment 1.)

Amazon logo Seasholes, Nancy. Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003. ISBN: 0262194945. (General reference for Assignment 1.)

Lynch, Kevin. "Form Values in Urban History." In A Theory of Good City Form. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984, pp. 5-36. IBSN: 0262620464.

4Walking Tour of Boston
5The MarketAmazon logo Morrill, Richard. "The Urban System and Urban Structure." In The Spatial Organization of Society. North Scituate, MA: Duxbury Press, 1974, pp. 155-174. ISBN: 087872057X.

Case Study: Boston's West End

Guest: James Campano, Editor, The West Ender

Amazon logo Gans, Herbert. "The West End: An Urban Village," and "Redevelopment of the West End." In The Urban Villagers. New York, NY: London Free Press, 1982, pp. 3-41 and 281-304. ISBN: 0029112400.

Langdon, Philip. "Eminent Domain Goes to Court." Planning 71, no. 4 (2005): 12-15.

Kelo vs. City of New London, 268 Conn. 1, 843 A. 2d 500, affirmed. Supreme Court of the United States, 2005, pp. 1-2.

Browse selected issues of this newspaper: Campano, James, ed. The West Ender.

7Social Forces

Amazon logo Jacobs, Jane. "The Uses of City Neighborhoods." In The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York, NY: Modern Library, 1993, pp. 112-140. ISBN: 0679600477.

Sklar, Holly. "Creating a Sustainable Urban Village: The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative," and "Real Insurance." Orion 15, no. 4 (Autumn 1996): 28-38.

8The Public Will

Amazon logo Sutcliffe, Anthony. "Grand Design." In The Autumn of Central Paris. London, UK: Edward Arnold, 1970, pp. 11-42. ISBN: 0713155493.

Amazon logo Caro, Robert. "The Warp On the Loom." In The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. New York, NY: Knopf, 1974, pp. 615-636. ISBN: 0394720245.

9The Public Wish

Amazon logo Barnett, Jonathan. "Designing Cities Without Designing Buildings." In An Introduction to Urban Design. New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1982, pp. 57-97. ISBN: 0064301141.

Amazon logo Kayden, Jerold S. "Record." In Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, 2001, pp. 43-59. ISBN: 0471362573.

Muschamp, Herbert. "Reaching for Power Over Streets and Sky." New York Times, May 28, 2000, p. 1.


Case Study: Shaping Private Development / The Case Of Smart Growth

Guest: Prof. Terry Szold, Principal, Community Planning Solutions

Amazon logo Szold, Terry. "The Local Arena - Changing Regulations and Standards to Address Sprawl." Chapter 20 in Urban Sprawl: A Comprehensive Guide. Edited by David Soule. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 0313320381.
11Discussion Session (In Sections)
12Public / Private Partnerships

Amazon logo Frieden, Bernard, and Lynne Sagalyn. "Entrepreneurial Cities and Maverick Developers, Deal Making, Getting and Spending." In Downtown, Inc. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1990, pp. 107-154. ISBN: 0262560593.

Amazon logo Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia, and Tridib Banerjee. Urban Design Downtown. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1998, pp. 103-148. ISBN: 0520209303.

13Field Visit: Boston Redevelopment Authority

Campbell, Robert. "After the Big Dig, the Big Question: Where's the Vision?" Boston Globe, May 26, 2002.

———. "Beyond the Big Dig National Panel Recommendations." Boston Globe, May 30, 2002.

Review the following Web site prior to the BRA field visit: Beyond the Big Dig.


Campbell, Robert. "After the Big Dig, the Big Question: Where's the Vision?" Boston Globe, May 26, 2002.

———. "Beyond the Big Dig National Panel Recommendations." Boston Globe, May 30, 2002.


Walking Tour of Providence / Waterfire

Guide: Barnaby Evans, Creator / Producer of Waterfire

Frenchman, Dennis. "Event Places in North America: City Meaning and Making." Places 16, no. 3 (Fall 2004): 36-49.
16Discussion of Assignment 1 (In Sections)
Part 2: Models of Urban Design and Development
17The Traditional City

Reps, John W. "New Towns in New England," and "Carolina and Georgia." In Town Planning in Frontier America. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1980, pp. 100-117 and 162-180.

Kunstler, James Howard. "Home From Nowhere." The Atlantic Monthly 278, no. 3 (1996): 43-46.

Krier, Leon. "Master Plan for Poundbury Development in Dorchester." Prince Charles and the Architectural Debate, Architectural Design 59, no. 5/6 (1989): 46-55.

Baer, William C. "General Plan Evaluation Criteria: An Approach to Making Better Plans." Journal of the American Planning Association 63, no. 3 (1997): 329-343.

"The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh Visit Poundbury." Press Release, Friday, March 8, 1998.

18The City as a Work of Art

Sitte, Camillo. City Planning According to Artistic Principles. Translated by George R. Collins and Christiane Crasemann Collins. Originally published in 1899. New York, NY: Random House, 1965, pp. 3-19 and 83-111.

Amazon logo Barnett, Jonathan. "The Monumental City." In The Elusive City. New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1986, pp. 5-62. ISBN: 0064301559.

Amazon logo Krier, Rob. "Reconstructing Devastated Spaces With Examples from the Center of Stuttgart." In Urban Space. London, UK: Academy Editions, 1991, pp. 89-111. ISBN: 0856705764.


Case Study: Tradition and Invention in City Design / The Case of San Diego

Guest: Adele Naude Santos, Dean, School of Architecture and Planning

Appleyard, Donald, and Kevin Lynch. Temporary Paradise: A Look at the Special Landscape of the San Diego Region. San Diego, CA: City Planning Department, 1974.

Case Study: The Political Art of Capital Cities

Guest: Larry Vale, Head, MIT DUSP

Amazon logo Vale, Lawrence. "Capital and Capitol." In Architecture, Power, and National Identity. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995, pp. 1-43. ISBN: 0300049587.
21The Efficient City

Fischler, Raphael. "The Metropolitan Dimension of Early Zoning: Revisiting the 1916 New York City Ordinance." Journal of the American Planning Association 64, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 170-188.

Amazon logo Bush, Donald. "The World of Tomorrow." In The Streamlined Decade. New York, NY: Brazillier, 1975, pp. 154-170. ISBN: 0807607924.

Amazon logo Corbusier, Le. "A Contemporary City," and "The Working Day." In The City of To-morrow and Its Planning. London, UK: Architectural Press, 1987, pp. 158-194. ISBN: 0486253325.


Case Study: Globalizing Cities

Guest: Yung Ho Chang, Head, MIT Department of Architecture

Husock, Howard. "The Widening of Ping An Avenue: Making Decisions about Historic Preservation." Kennedy School of Government Case #1525.2. Cambridge, MA: John F. Kennedy School of Government, October 12, 1998.

Amazon logo Wu, Liangyong. "The City of Beijing in Historic Perspective." In Rehabilitating the Old City of Beijing: A Project in the Ju'er Hutong Neighbourhood. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 1999, pp. 3-15. ISBN: 0774807261.

"Appetite for Destruction." Time (Asia), March 5, 2001.

23Urban Nature

Amazon logo Williams, Raymond. "Ideas of Nature." In Problems in Materialism and Culture. New York, NY: Verso, 1980, pp. 67-85. ISBN: 0860917290.

Amazon logo Ward, Stephen V., ed. "The Garden City Introduced." In The Garden City: Past, Present and Future. London, UK: E & FN Spon, 1992, pp. 1-27. ISBN: 0419173102.

Amazon logo Spirn, Anne Whiston. "City and Nature." In The Sustainable Urban Development Reader. Edited by Stephen M. Wheeler and Timothy Beatley. New York, NY: Routledge, 2004, pp. 113-115. ISBN: 041531187X.

24Discussion Session (In Sections)

Case Study: The End of the Suburbia?

Guest: Prof. Robert Fishman, University of Michigan, Historian and Critic

Fishman, Robert. "Beyond Sprawl: The New American Metropolis." In In the Middle of the Edge: From the Suburb to Sprawl to the Regional City. Edited by Lars Boelling and Thomas Sieverts. Wuppertal, Germany: Mueller and Busmann, 2004, pp. 138-161. ISBN: 3928766597.

O'Hehir, Andrew. "Soul of the Suburbs." Salon, April 13, 2000.

26The Secure City

Amazon logo Davis, Mike. "Fortress L.A." In City of Quartz. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1992, pp. 221-263. ISBN: 0679738061.

Amazon logo Low, Setha. "Unlocking the Gated Community." In Behind the Gates: Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America. London, UK; New York, NY: Routledge, 2003, pp. 7-26. ISBN: 0415944384.

Fan, Maureen. "Block by Block, Access Denied." Washington Post, August 22, 2004, pp. 1-4.

National Capital Planning Commission. The National Capital Urban Design and Security Plan. Washington, DC: National Capital Planning Commission, 2002. (Skim)

27The Information City

Amazon logo Harvey, David. "Time Space Compression and the Postmodern Condition." In The Condition of Postmodernity. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, 1990, pp. 285-307. ISBN: 0631162941.

Amazon logo Venturi, Robert, and Denise Scott Brown. Architecture as Signs and Systems. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2004, pp. 12-40 and 93-101. ISBN: 0674015711.

Frenchman, Dennis, and Francisca Rojas. "Zaragoza's Digital Mile: Place-making in a New Public Realm." Places 18, no. 3, (2006). (forthcoming) (PDF - 1.3 MB)


The Virtual City

Guest: Prof. William Mitchell, MIT Design Lab

Amazon logo Mitchell, William J. "Prologue: Urban Requiem," and "March of the Meganets." In E-topia. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999, pp. 3-29. ISBN: 0262133555.
29Debating the Models
30The Good CityAmazon logo Lynch, Kevin. "Between Heaven and Hell." In A Theory of Good City Form. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984, pp. 51-72. ISBN: 0262620464.


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