11.333 | Spring 2016 | Graduate

Urban Design Seminar


1 Introduction to course No readings assigned
2 Nina Rappaport, Vertical Urban Factory

Rappaport, Nina. Vertical Urban Factories.

Buy at MIT Press ———. “Metro Manila: Zones of Capital.” In Re-urbanism: Transforming Capitals. MIT Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780262511995.

Space Syntax. Slums and Informal Settlements: An Evidence-based Approach to Sustainable Upgrading and Development (PDF - 6.7MB) 2010.

3 Discussion of Lecture 1 Ben-Joseph, Eran, and Tali Hatuka. “Industrial Urbanism: Places of Production.” (PDF - 9.1MB) 2014.
4 Byran Bell, SEED Network

Bell, Bryan. “Pre-Form and Post-Form Design Activism.” In Architecture from the Outside In: Selected Essays by Robert Gutman. Edited by Cuff, Dana and John Wriedt. Princeton Architectural Press, 2010, pp. 76–80. ISBN: 9781568988962. [Preview with Google Books]

Bell, Bryan, Kate Wakeford, eds. Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism. Metropolis Books, 2008. ISBN: 9781933045788.

Feldman, Roberta M. “Activist Practice: The Risky Business of Democratic Design.” In Good Deeds, Good Design: Community Service through Architecture. Edited by Bryan Bell. Princeton Architectural Press, 2003, pp. 109–114. ISBN: 9781568983912. [Preview with Google Books]

Feldman, Roberta M., Sergio Palleroni, et al. “Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice. A Guide to Public Interest Practices in Architecture.” (PDF - 5.5MB)

Bela, John. “User-Generated Urbanism and the Right to the City.” In Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here. Edited by Hou, Jeffrey, Benjamin Spencer, et al. Routledge, 2015. ISBN: 9780415717861. [Preview with Google Books]

Design with the Other 90%. Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

5 Discussion of Lecture 2 No readings assigned
6 Discussion in preparation for Lecture 3

Ward, Anthony. “The Suppression of the Social in Design: Architecture as War.” In Reconstructing Architecture: Critical Discourses and Social Practices. Edited by Thomas A. Dutton and Lian Hurst Mann. University of Minnesota Press, 1996, pp. 27–69. ISBN: 9780816628087.

Brillembourg, Alfredo, and Hubert Klumpner. Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities. Lars Muller Publishers, 2012. ISBN: 9783037782989.

Small Scale Big Change, New Architectures of Social Engagement. MoMA.

Schmid, Christian. “Afterword: Urbanization as an Open Process.” In Torre David–Informal Vertical Communities. Lars Muller Publishers, 2012, pp. 384-387. ISBN: 9783037782989.

Brillembourg, Alfredo, and Lydia Kallipoliti. “Torre David / Gran Horizonte.” Journal of Architectural Education 67, no. 1 (2013): 159–161.

7 Ideas Workshop 1 No readings assigned
8 Discussion in preparation for Lecture 4

Roberts, John N. “Community Activism vs. Community Design. Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm.” (PDF - 1.2MB) Places 20, no. 2 (2008): 80–84.

Smith, Cynthia E. Design for the Other 90%. Editions Assouline, 2007. ISBN: 9780910503976.  (Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.)

Urban Design Group. “Favela de Paraisopolis, Sao Paulo Eduardo Pimentel Pizarro Puts Forward an Alternative Redesign for a Brazilian Shanty Town.” (PDF - 4.5MB) Urban Design, no. 137 (2016).

9 Alejandro Echeverri, Social Urbanism

Mehrotra, Rahul. The Static and the Kinetic.

Leguia, Mariana. Latin America at the Crossroads. Academy Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780470664926.

Brand, Peter, and Julio Davila. Aerial Cable-car Systems for Public Transport in Low-income Urban Areas: Lessons from Medellin, Columbia (PDF). Paper presented at the 3rd Word Planning Schools Congress, Perth, Australia, 2011.

Castro, Lorenzo, and Alejandro Echeverri. “Bogota and Medellin: Architecture and Politics.” Architectural Design 81, no. 3 (2011): 96–103.

10 Discussion in preparation for Lecture 5

Cruz, Teddy. “Border Postcards: Chronicles from the Edge.” James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City. 2004.

Main, Kelly. “Outreach in Diverse Communities: A Conversation with James Rojas.” (PDF) Focus 9, no. 1 (2012).

Aquilino, Marie, ed. Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity. Metropolis Books, 2011. ISBN: 9781935202479.

11 Ideas Workshop 2 No readings assigned
12 Chelina Odbert, Kounkuey Design Initiative

Latitudes International Design Challenge 2015–16 (PDF).

Mehrotra, Rahul. “Simultaneous Modernity: Negotiations and Resistances in Urban India.” In Ruins of Modernity. Edited by Hell, Julia and Andreas Schönle. Duke University Press Books, 2010. ISBN: 9780822344742. [Preview with Google Books]

Navarro-Sertich, Adriana. “From Product to Process: Building on Urban-Think Tank’s Approach to the Informal City.” Architectural Design 81, no. 3 (2011): 104–9.

13 Urban Design Projects Presentations No readings assigned
14 Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Informal Market Worlds Brillembourg, Alfredo, and Hubert Klumpner. “Forget About Utopia.” In Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here. Edited by Hou, Jeffrey, Benjamin Spencer, et al. Routledge, 2015. ISBN: 9780415717861. [Preview with Google Books]

Cruz, Teddy. “Tijuana Case Study Tactics of Invasion: Manufactured Sites.” Architectural Design 75, no. 5 (2005): 32–37.

Course Info

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Spring 2016