ARC 566– Theories of Urban Settlement Pattern
Course No.: 15210
Semester: 2016 Spring
Location: Diefendorf – 206
Meeting Day(s): Wednesday
Meeting Time: 8:30AM - 11:10AM
The course investigates theories of placemaking: its forces that have had profound effect on how cities should be conceived, sited, shaped, repaired or abandoned, and reshaped. The course content will encompass theories from multi-disciplinary fields including history, literature, geography, ecology, urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture. Under this broad contextual framework, we will investigate topical areas as follows: Normative Theories; Landscape-Ecological Urbanism; Best Practices of Sustainable City Theories of today.
The students will acquire new knowledge and skills in critical thinking, basic research methodology, a skill-set in visual-graphical-mapping techniques to explore and communicate their research through required readings, writing short essays, and working on experimental and theoretical projects. Working with stakeholders, final project will explore significant sites in the City of Buffalo and will result in a series of alternative urban design plans for the chosen sites. The project will result in a formal PPT presentation to invited critics and a final report publication.