Big Plans

Map of Bletchley, south central England, and environs.

Map of Bletchley, south central England, and environs. (Map by Milton Keynes Development Corporation. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2003



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Course Highlights

As an experiment, Professor de Monchaux agreed to audio-tape one of his lectures and have it transcribed for posting. This transcript is available in the study materials section.

Course Description

This course explores social, technological, political, economic, and cultural implications of "Big Plans" in the urban context. Local and international case studies (such as Boston's Central Artery and Curitiba, Brazil's bus transit system) are used to understand the process of making major changes to the city fabric. The efficacy of top-down and bottom-up planning and the applicability of planning strategies across cultural boundaries are considered.

John de Monchaux. 11.123 Big Plans, Spring 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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