Case Studies in City Form

A photo of the Shaykh Lutfallah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.

The Shaykh Lutfallah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran, a city profiled in one of the class projects. (Image courtesy of Aga Khan Program.)


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Fall 2005



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Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to urban form and design, focusing on the physical, historical, and social form of cities. Selected cities are analyzed, drawn, and compared, to develop a working understanding of urban and architectural form. The development of map making and urban representation is discussed, and use of the computer is required. A special focus is placed on the historical development of the selected cities, especially mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth century periods of expansion. Readings focus on urban design theory in the twentieth century and will be discussed during a weekly seminar on them. This is a methods class for S.M.Arch.S. students in Architecture and Urbanism.

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Michael Dennis, and Anubhav Gupta. 4.175 Case Studies in City Form. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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