Urban Design Theory 2017


It’s January in a new year and so it’s back to school. As I have for the past ten years, I will be teaching Urban Design Theory at Woodbury University School of Architecture.

Programmed as a “study aboard” course at home, students will document, investigate, analyze and map a district in greater Los Angeles as a means of illustrating their understanding of the themes, issues, trends and urban design theories outlined in the lectures and readings. This research focuses on the relationship between the theoretical ideas and actual places. In-class writing/sketching assignments and organized tours assist in this confrontation.

This year my fourth year students and I will be examining North Hollywood, Downtown Burbank, Downtown Santa Monica in addition to the Arts District and South Park districts of Downtown Los Angeles.

Follow along on Instagram for short synopsis of the weekly lectures.

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