Prof. Anne Whiston Spirn
11.308J / 4.213J
This course explores the urban environment as a natural phenomenon, human habitat, medium of expression, and forum for action. The course has several major themes: how ideas of nature influence the way cities are perceived, designed, built, and managed; how natural processes and urban form interact and the consequences for human health and welfare; how planners and designers can shape the urban natural environment. Each student researches and presents a case, either historical or an example of contemporary theory and practice.
Spirn, Anne. 11.308J Advanced Seminar: Urban Nature and City Design, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/urban-studies-and-planning/11-308j-advanced-seminar-urban-nature-and-city-design-fall-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA