Designing Cities

开始时间: 待定 持续时间: Unknown

所在平台: Coursera

课程类别: 信息,技术与设计

大学或机构: University of Pennsylvania(宾夕法尼亚大学)

授课老师: Gary Hack Stefan Al Jonathan Barnett



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Designing Cities is a ten-week course starting in October 2013.  Every week will focus on a different aspect of Designing Cities including: How Today’s City Evolved; The Ideas That Shape Cities; Tools for Designing Cities; Making Cities Sustainable; Cities in the Information Age; Preserving Older Cities; Designing New Cities, Districts and Neighborhoods; The Challenges of Informal Cities and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods; and Visionary Cities.  Materials will be presented by the instructors and guest faculty from PennDesign through a series of five or more modules per week, each typically 10-12 minutes long.   

The first module each week will be a roundtable discussion among professors Stefan Al, Jonathan Barnett, and Gary Hack introducing the big issues associated with the subject.  Each succeeding module will be a self-contained illustrated presentation of a set of ideas and images. There will be a list of suggested readings for those who wish to follow up on the ideas in each module.

Everyone enrolled in Designing Cities will be expected to complete 3 assignments.  These will be posted on the course site and they will be in the form of peer assessments. There will also be three sessions where we discuss a selection of the assignments that have been submitted. There will be a great deal to be learned from the ideas participants submit, reflecting cities of all sizes and circumstances across the globe.

The course concludes with a discussion by the faculty of the issues raised in the discussion groups and responses to the assignments. We are looking forward to connecting with you and seeing the issues at the forefront in designing your city.  


This is a ten-week course which requires completion of three assignments. The instructors will select some of the assignments submitted and discuss them as part of the course.

Each week’s modules will be introduced by a discussion by all three instructors.

Week 1: How Today’s City Evolved

  • Introductory Discussion
  • The Pre-Industrial City
  • Cities in the Industrial Revolution
  • Cities in 1950
  • Today’s Regional City 

Week 2:  Ideas That Shape Cities

  • Introductory Discussion
  • Modernist City Design 
  • Traditional City Design 
  • Green City Design
  • Systems City Design

Week 3: Tools for Designing Cities

  • Introductory Discussion
  • Investments in Infrastructure 
  • Codes and Design Guidelines
  • Incentives for Better City Design
  • Negotiation for Common Goods 
  • Discussion by the instructors about selected submissions for the first assignment

Week 4:  Making Cities Sustainable

  • Introductory Discussion  
  • Ecological Urbanism
  • Transportation as the Growth Armature
  • Managing Water: Flooding and Scarcity 
  • Green Infrastructure and Renewable Energy
Week 5: Cities in the Information Age

  • Introductory Discussion
  • Managing Energy Consumption 
  • Electronic Networks 
  • Spatial Patterns that Promote Personal Communication 
  • Mixing Home, Work, Culture and Recreation 

Week 6:  Preserving Older Cities

  • Introductory Discussion
  • Landmarks and Historic Districts 
  • Adaptive Re-Use of Old Buildings 
  • Preserving the Industrial Heritage 
  • Discussion by the instructors about selected submissions for the second assignment

Week 7: Designing New Cities, Districts and Neighborhoods

  • Introductory Discussion and the Third Assignment
  • The Idea of New Towns and Cities
  • Urban Form of New Places
  • The Public Realm – Streets, Parks and Places
  • Walkable Neighborhoods and Business Centers 

Week 8:  The Challenges of Informal Cities and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods 

  • Introductory Discussion 
  • Rapid Urbanization and Informal Settlements (David Gouverneur)
  • Land Tenure and Stability 
  • Retrofitting Infrastructure and Services 
  • Combating Poverty and Urban Deterioration 

Week 9:  Visionary Cities 

  • Introductory Discussion
  • Technological Visions
  • Ecological Visions 
  • Revolutionary Visions 
  • The Self-Organizing City 

Week 10:  Concluding Comments

  • Discussion by the three instructors of selected submissions for the third assignment
  • Concluding Remarks


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The course explores visionary and practical concepts of city design and planning, past and present, and how design can address such looming challenges as urban population growth, climate change and rising sea levels. Participants will be encouraged to make proposals for city design and development, starting with their own immediate environment.