Globalization, technology, and cultural differences present our current-day cities with both challenges and opportunities. In this course we will consider these and explore possible solutions by looking at history, urban planning theory, and architecture. We will consider new ways of designing city spaces that promote social connection and sustainable development, and are welcoming to all of the people that live in them, with neighborhoods that are compact, walkable, have good access to buses and trains, and promote bicycle mobility. What might Chicago, recently named as the best big city in the U.S., according to Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, have to teach us about these challenges and how to face them? Through research and field work, we will explore different neighborhoods in Chicago, analyzing their use of public transportation, cultural institutions, vacant lots, parks, and architecture, so that students will come away with a better understanding of urban design and of one of the world’s greatest cities.
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