GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Jerold Kayden

05103: Public and Private Development (SES 0510300)

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

Instructor(s)
Jerold Kayden

Course Description

This course explores the analytic frameworks, skills, and bodies of knowledge required to understand, evaluate, plan, and implement public and private development within cities and surrounding regions. Using lectures, discussions, case studies, and individual/team exercises, the course teaches students how to measure the complex blend of public and private actions promoting growth and change against financial, economic, legal, institutional, political, and other planning metrics. Planning techniques that are specifically explored include, among others, public subsidies (grants and loans), public land acquisition and disposition through RFPs, strategic provision of physical infrastructure, inclusionary zoning, linkage, and business improvement districts.


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05497: Public Space (SES 0549700)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday 3:00 - 6:00   Gund 517

Instructor(s)
Jerold Kayden

Course Description

In an age of digital empire, people will reflect on 2011 as the year in which physical public space reclaimed its lofty status in the public sphere. From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, physical public space reminded us of its multiple ambitions and capabilities for accommodating consequential political activities as well as everyday leisurely pursuits. Put plainly, place still matters.

This lecture/workshop course will focus on physical (corporeal, material, tangible) public space. Physical public space comes in many flavors: publicly owned parks, streets, and sidewalks, privately owned public spaces, privately managed public parks, and temporary spaces that appear and disappear within a parking spot, under a bridge, in a surface parking lot, or anywhere else. The production of public space simultaneously implicates and transcends technical decisions with regard to design, financing, and management considerations. Who should design such spaces? Should they be designed at all? Can the private sector participate in public space provision without a loss of “publicness”? Can theory inform or better inform practice? How much do democracy and equality depend on an ample availability of public space? How should success of a given public space be measured? Are there universals of public space that define it no matter where it is located?

Part of the course will involve lectures with discussion to introduce students to the literature and practice of physical public space. Part of the course will involve group projects with field research documenting and analyzing selected categories of public space. The course will include completion of a term-long group or individual research project.
 


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