Course Syllabus

 

2020 case studies

PRACTICUM: RESIDENTIAL PLANNING IN GLOBAL CITIES

COURSE OVERVIEW

As the world’s urban population grows towards six and a half billion by 2050, cities all over the world are resorting to the mass-production of residential super-blocks to address new urban housing demands.  But is this model appropriate for all cities, regardless of their environmental, social, political and economic differences? This seminar will provide students with a hands-on opportunity to understand how planning code regulations - specifically residential codes - can shape the design and functioning of future neighborhoods in our rapidly urbanizing age. In this course students will explore case studies from around the world, learn about different planning models and have a chance to develop their own ideas of how to use zoning as a tool to better address challenges facing cities today. This seminar offers a multi-disciplinary approach to thinking about zoning and gives students from different related fields, such as architecture, urban design, planning and real estate, an opportunity to work collaboratively and holistically as they think about the complex planning challenges ahead in our urbanizing world.

COURSE ORGANIZATION & ASSIGNMENTS

In this seminar students will be regularly reading, researching, and presenting their own ideas to the class both in teams and individually.  With the readings, students will be asked to submit short reading reflections (three or more comments or questions) in advance of class to inspire class discussion.  There will be one team project to document an existing notable zoning system from a selected residential neighborhood. Case study neighborhoods in the past have been selected from cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Vancouver, New York, Bogota, and Rio de Janeiro.  Students will be expected to do the readings, attend all the classes and to participate actively in class discussions.

COURSE GRADING

60%   Team case study report

25%   Reading reflections

15%   Class participation

*** SYLLABUS  ***

** Make sure to check the Assignments folder in CourseWorks to get the most up-to-date assignment instructions **

1/11, Mon

01

COURSE INTRODUCTION & HOMETOWN DISCUSSION

11am-1pm

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 1 [assignment-01 in Assignments]:

  • Hometown Introduction

Submit one ppt slide of your hometown neighborhood to be shared in class as part of your personal introduction.  Please use the powerpoint “HOMETOWN - template” provided in the CourseWorks/Files/ assignment_01 folder.   Email the instructor if you have any questions.

1/18, Mon

X

HOLIDAY NO CLASS – make up class on Friday Jan. 22

1/22, Friday

02

OVERVIEW OF CHINA RESIDENTIAL ZONING

5-7pm

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 2 [assignment-02 in Assignments]:

  • Readings & Reflections  

-    den Hartog: Shanghai New Towns, pp. 305-320 Fujita on “danweis”.

-    den Hartog: Shanghai New Towns, pp. 369-392 den Hartog on Community Identity.

-    Lu, Rowe, Jie:  Modern Urban Housing in China, Conclusion pp. 283-296.

-    World Bank: Urban China. pp. 43-48 Optimizing Urban Land Use

-    Xue: Building Practice in China, Chapter 4 Planning Procedure.

-    Xue: Building Practice in China, Chapter 8 Regulations.

1/25, Mon

03

OVERVIEW OF NYC RESIDENTIAL ZONING (Guest Lecturer: from NYCDCP)

11am-1pm

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 3 [assignment-03 in Assignments]:

  • Readings & Reflections  

-    Talen, Emily: City Rules.  Chapters 2-5.

-    C.U.P. : What is Zoning guidebook.  Skim the book for a quick overview of NYC zoning.

-    NYCDCP Zoning Handbook 2006 Chapters 1- 4

-    Familiarize yourself with the NYCDCP zoning website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/subcats/zoning.shtml

-    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/about/city-planning-history.page

2/1, Mon

04

URBAN AGE PLANNING MODELS - ECO & FORM BASED ZONING SYSTEMS

11am-1pm

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 4 [assignment-04 in Assignments]:

  • Multiple readings covering: Form-based zoning and Sustainability-driven zoning.
  • Individual short writing assignment
  • Work on your team Case Study [assignment-06 in Assignments]
  • Office Hours optional

2/8, Mon

05

PERFORMANCE BASED ZONING: Guest Speaker TBD

11am-1pm

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 5 [assignment-05 in Assignments]:

2/15, Mon

06

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS – ZONING CASE STUDIES

11am-1pm

 

ASSIGNMENT – CASE STUDY [assignment-06 in Assignments]:

  • Complete and submit Final CASE STUDY REPORTS
  • Prepare brief presentations for each CASE STUDY REPORT (10 min. / case study) 

 

*** ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS ***

Make sure to click on the ASSIGNMENT LINKS in this syllabus to get the most up-to-date assignment instructions posted in CourseWorks.  (The following syllabus is only a general outline of the lectures and assignments).

Readings & Reflections (to be done individually):

  • Do all the required readings and if time allows take a look at the optional readings. (All readings are provided in the CourseWorks assignment folders).
  • Reflect on the required readings and write up at least three comments or questions you have based on the readings to contribute to class discussion.
  • Submit your reflections on-line through CourseWorks

Project  Presentations (to be done in teams):

  • Use the required project templates which will be provided in Courseworks/Files

Submission requirements for all assignments (including project reports and presentations):

  • Include the date and your name(s) at the top of the front page
  • Submit all your assignments on-line the day before class.
  • Use this standard file naming format for on-line submissions:

Last name_First name - assignment# – 2020monthday

For example:  Dunham_Kate - assignment2 - 20200122.pdf

 

 

Course Summary:

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