GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010

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Courses taught by Susan Fainstein

05101: History and Theory of Urban Planning and Design (SES 0510100)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday Wednesday 11:30 - 1:00   Gund 111

Instructor(s)
Susan Fainstein

Course Description

This course uses historical and analytical readings and case studies to address several major theoretical questions concerning the aims and outcomes of urban interventions. The overall theme is the relationship between conscious public policy and the economic, social, and political framework in which it operates and which it affects. To what extent are planning, design, and policy simply the resultant of social forces and to what degree do they shape those forces? Where do planners and policy makers derive their goals; what is the relationship between the goal-setting process, the quality of policy, and the character of cities and regions; what are the values that should govern practice; how can the planner enhance his or her control over social outputs, and, in turn, by what mechanisms should the public control him or her? Who benefits from urban and regional planning? What is the relationship between race and gender and urban outcomes? Topics include the history of urban planning and its relationship with the history of urban development; a comparison of American, European, and developing country examples of urban interventions; modernism and post-modernism; Fordism and post-Fordism; development theory; cities and social inequality. The course will be a mix of lecture and discussion. Written work consists of two papers. The course relies on a combination of paperback books and readings posted on the intranet classroom page for this course.


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05484: Redevelopment Policy (SES 0548400)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 318

Instructor(s)
Susan Fainstein

Course Description

Urban redevelopment is the process by which government, private investors, and households transform the uses and financial returns of the urban built environment. As an area of public policy it is a response to the perceived deterioration of cities caused by initial poor construction, decay, economic restructuring, regional shifts, suburbanization, and social segregation. Different social groups receive different costs and benefits as a consequence of redevelopment efforts. The objective of this course is to examine the process of urban decline, the kinds of responses that it has evoked, the principal redevelopment actors, the possible range of redevelopment strategies, and the social and spatial impacts of redevelopment efforts. Topics to be covered include: the history of redevelopment programs; the character of the real estate industry; offices, tourism and entertainment as strategies for central city revival; community-based efforts for neighborhood revitalization; historic preservation and its implications; gentrification; issues of class and race; international comparisons. Class discussion is an essential part of the course. Written assignments will consist of two papers, the first to be based on library research and the second to involve original research. There will be a field trip to examine an ongoing redevelopment program.


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