Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes

Photograph of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, looking down from a skyscraper.

Boston's gridded Back Bay neighborhood with its iconic brownstones, as viewed from the top of the Prudential Center. The 111 Huntington Avenue skyscraper can be seen in the foreground. (Image courtesy of Thomas Hawk on Flickr. CC BY-NC.)


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Spring 2014



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This course explores the physical, ecological, technological, political, economic, and cultural implications of big plans and mega-urban landscapes in a global context. It uses local and international case studies to understand the process of making major changes to urban landscape and city fabric, and to regional landscape systems. It includes lectures by leading practitioners. The assignments consider planning and design strategies across multiple scales and time frames.

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Kian Goh. 11.123 Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes. Spring 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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