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Multiple Urbanisms: Divergence or Synergy


In recent years, numerous theories about sustainable community design and planning have emerged. New urbanism, landscape urbanism, ecological urbanism, sustainable urbanism are just a few to mention. Each one of them espouses new ideas and principles; some of them even issue manifestos. How different actually are these urbanisms? Does one preclude the other? How do we, as design professionals, navigate this maze with a clear compass? This course reviews the most current among these approaches, their basic tenets and positions. Students will apply observations derived from the comparison of urbanist theories and movements to sample urban and suburban sites, and draw conclusions about the sustainability of alternative planning approaches. Course discussions and assignments are aimed at establishing sound and well informed professional approaches.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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