Directly.me An Introduction to Designing Cities?- Do you want to pursue advanced studies in town planning or landscape architecture?
- Are you contemplating a career in these fields? Or,
- Have you been given the responsibility of overseeing city development process?
If your answer is yes, then Designing Cities may the course for you. This free online course explores visionary and practical concepts of planning and designing new cities. The Challenges of informal cities and disadvantaged neighborhoods will also be discussed in this course. Other hot issues from today’s cities that will be part of discussion include, land tenure and stability, rapid urbanization and informal settlements, retrofitting infrastructure and services, combating poverty and urban deterioration.
Who can take this course?
Since everyone is affected by the design and development of cities, towns and suburbs, this course is open for all; no special background is required. However, planning, landscape architecture, and architecture students and professionals, contemplating a career in these areas, are especially welcome to take this course.
What will you learn from this course?
By taking this self-contained course in self designing you will get an opportunity to learn:
- A vocabulary for talking about design of cities
- Design ideas that have been tried over the years
- How cities across the globe differ on the basis of design
- The kinds of challenges that people may face while designing cities during the next couple of decades
Table of Contents:
- How today’s Regional City Evolved
- The Pre-Industrial City
- Cities in the Industrial Revolution
- Ideas That Shape Cities
- Different City Designs (Modernist, Traditional, Systems and Green City Design)
- Tools for Designing Cities, Codes and Design Guidelines
- Making Cities Sustainable
- Ecological Urbanism, Green Infrastructure and Renewable Energy
- Cities in the Information Age
- Managing Energy Consumption
- Spatial Patterns that Promote Personal Communication
- Preserving Older Cities and Adaptive Re-Use of Old Buildings
- Preserving the Industrial Heritage
- Designing New Cities, Districts and Neighborhoods
- The Idea of New Towns/Cities and Urban Form of New Places
- The Public Realm – Streets, Parks and Places
- Walkable Neighborhoods and Business Centers
- Visionary Cities
- The Self-Organizing City
Author Bio:
This course has been jointly prepared by three professors of the University of Pennsylvania, Gary Hack, Jonathan Barnett and Stefan Al.
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?- Do you want to pursue advanced studies in town planning or landscape architecture?
- Are you contemplating a career in these fields? Or,
- Have you been given the responsibility of overseeing city development process?
If your answer is yes, then Designing Cities may the course for you. This free online course explores visionary and practical concepts of planning and designing new cities. The Challenges of informal cities and disadvantaged neighborhoods will also be discussed in this course. Other hot issues from today’s cities that will be part of discussion include, land tenure and stability, rapid urbanization and informal settlements, retrofitting infrastructure and services, combating poverty and urban deterioration.
Who can take this course?
Since everyone is affected by the design and development of cities, towns and suburbs, this course is open for all; no special background is required. However, planning, landscape architecture, and architecture students and professionals, contemplating a career in these areas, are especially welcome to take this course.
What will you learn from this course?
By taking this self-contained course in self designing you will get an opportunity to learn:
- A vocabulary for talking about design of cities
- Design ideas that have been tried over the years
- How cities across the globe differ on the basis of design
- The kinds of challenges that people may face while designing cities during the next couple of decades
Table of Contents:
- How today’s Regional City Evolved
- The Pre-Industrial City
- Cities in the Industrial Revolution
- Ideas That Shape Cities
- Different City Designs (Modernist, Traditional, Systems and Green City Design)
- Tools for Designing Cities, Codes and Design Guidelines
- Making Cities Sustainable
- Ecological Urbanism, Green Infrastructure and Renewable Energy
- Cities in the Information Age
- Managing Energy Consumption
- Spatial Patterns that Promote Personal Communication
- Preserving Older Cities and Adaptive Re-Use of Old Buildings
- Preserving the Industrial Heritage
- Designing New Cities, Districts and Neighborhoods
- The Idea of New Towns/Cities and Urban Form of New Places
- The Public Realm – Streets, Parks and Places
- Walkable Neighborhoods and Business Centers
- Visionary Cities
- The Self-Organizing City
Author Bio:
This course has been jointly prepared by three professors of the University of Pennsylvania, Gary Hack, Jonathan Barnett and Stefan Al.

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