Arch Design and the City 

Junior Studio | ARCH 374
Visiting Lecturer Michelle Smearman 

Course Overview

Designing within a city requires the comprehension and ability to encompass a plethora of complex criteria that influence physical characteristics and human experience. Urban environments develop out of aesthetic, economical, social, and political influences acting within their region. These factors underlie the basis for this studio where students are asked to examine the city at multiple scales while instigating new propositions that will engender a more tenacious and versatile metropolis.

The basic principles of Urban Design tell us to observe the city within its regional landscape,recognize its systematic anatomy and resources, understand the varying districts and neighborhoods, and operate at the scale of streets, plots, buildings, and exterior open spaces.While Architecture and the City should acknowledge the local fabric, enhance a given place, and be specific with its intentions.

Exploring issues such as density, diversity, and urbanity along with pattern and aggregation can be organized at the scale of the city, however students must develop a position on global topics and articulate them at the scale of site, building, and interior spatial experiences.

Course Catalog Description

Building design in the community setting; creation of place; introductory urban design and site planning issues, including universal design and accessibility; human-built environment relationship issues; architectural design and presentation methods; required field trips.