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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 4.235J (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Urban Design Politics 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Urban Studies and Planning 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Lawrence Vale 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 11.302J / 4.235J Urban Design Politics



    Spring 2003




    Course Highlights


    This course features a complete list of readings as well as the course assignments.


    Course Description


    This is a seminar about the ways that urban design contributes to the distribution of political power and resources in cities. "Design," in this view, is not some value-neutral aesthetic applied to efforts at urban development but is, instead, an integral part of the motives driving that development. The class investigates the nature of the relations between built form and political purposes through close examination of a wide variety of situations where public and private sector design commissions and planning processes have been clearly motivated by political pressures, as well as situations where the political assumptions have remained more tacit. We will explore cases from both developed and developing countries.
     

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