Course Syllabus

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RESIDENTIAL PLANNING IN GLOBAL CITIES

INSTRUCTOR: KATE DUNHAM

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 planning, urban design, architecture and real estate, an opportunity to work collaboratively.

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, Mumbai, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Vancouver, New York, Portland, 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

*** SCHEDULE  ***

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*** SYLLABUS  ***

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

1/24/22

01

COURSE INTRODUCTION & HOMETOWN DISCUSSION

 

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 1:

Hometown Introduction presentation

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.

1/31/22

02

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

 

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 2:

1] 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 New York City Department of City Planning  About Zoning website including the City Planning History

2] Start work on your team Case Study (see assignment for CLASS 5)

1/18/22

03

OVERVIEW OF CHINA RESIDENTIAL ZONING

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 3:

1] 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.

2] Work on your team Case Study (see assignment for CLASS 5)

3] Required Office Hours: meet with the professor before next class to review expectations for your case study. 

2/?/22

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URBAN AGE PLANNING MODELS - ECO & FORM BASED ZONING SYSTEMS

 

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS ??  (Optional - to be confirmed):

1] Multiple readings covering: Form-based zoning and Sustainability-driven zoning.

2] Individual short writing assignment

3] Work on your team Case Study 

2/14/22

04

PERFORMANCE BASED ZONING: Guest Speakers TBD

 

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 4:

1] Readings & Reflections (TBD)

2] Work on your team Case Study

3] Required Office Hours: meet with the professor before next class to review progress on your case study. 

2/21/22

05

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS – ZONING CASE STUDIES

 

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR CLASS 5 (last class): 

Prepare brief ppt presentation of your CASE STUDY  (max. 10 min.) 

TBD

06

SUBMIT FINAL REPORT - ZONING CASE STUDIES (no class time)

 

 

ASSIGNMENT 6 (due after the last class):

Complete and submit the FINAL REPORT for your CASE STUDY to be included in the class book

 

*** 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.  

Readings & Reflections:

  • 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 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):

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

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

Year-assignment# Lastname_Firstname.pdf

(For example:  2022-01 Dunham_Kate.pdf)

 

 

Course Summary:

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