Theory of City Form

"A black-and-white photo collage."

An aerial view of the Piazza del Commune in Assisi, Italy. (Photo courtesy of Prof. Julian Beinart.)


MIT Course Number

4.241J / 11.330J

As Taught In

Spring 2013



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Course Description

This course covers theories about the form that settlements should take and attempts a distinction between descriptive and normative theory by examining examples of various theories of city form over time. Case studies will highlight the origins of the modern city and theories about its emerging form, including the transformation of the nineteenth-century city and its organization. Through examples and historical context, current issues of city form in relation to city-making, social structure, and physical design will also be discussed and analyzed.

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Julian Beinart. 4.241J Theory of City Form. Spring 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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