Chicago by Design

This course examines the theory and practice of urban design and how it plays out in Chicago. Primary topics include urban design in the tradition of the “grand manner” and the City Beautiful, bottom-up tactical urban design strategies, the meaning of civic art and how it is impacted by architectural style, the role of “nature” in urbanism, and the relationship between design and diversity. Other topics include complete streets, walkability, spatial enclosure, safety and security in relation to accessibility and social connection, concepts of urban fabric, repair and placemaking, the regulation of urban form, and the social implications of civic spaces. Students will analyze normative principles and the debates that surround them through readings and discussion as well as first hand interaction with the urbanism of Chicago.