This class introduces students to the concept of public space, its role in the city’s social and political relations, and the tools for intervening in public spaces. What role do public spaces play in a democracy? How do people present themselves, see each other, and interact in these spaces? What are the rules of behavior, and how are they enforced? Who belongs there? Is a mall or a coffee shop a public space? Does it matter if everyone is looking down at their screens? How can physical design or programmed activities change the character of public spaces? This class will explore these issues in two ways. First, we will use foundational readings and exemplary case studies as a basis for class discussions on how public spaces have been theorized, created, and studied. Second, we will use Seattle spaces as our own case studies for students to practice looking at, inhabiting, and intervening in public space for their own creative projects.
The course is open to juniors and seniors as well as graduate students. Professor Fritz Wagner and Dr. Regent Cabana will lead it. We will visit three Canadian cities-Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa –
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This course aims to provide a practical understanding of resilience theory and how it can get translated to disaster planning in practice. “Resilience”has now become a fashionable concept in the planning discipline,however its operational relevance has been questioned due to its polysemic (having multiple meanings) character. The purpose of this class is to enhance the general understanding of “resilience”and to seek proper applications of this concept while understanding the challenges arising from translating theory into practice. Throughout the course, students will learn the history and development of resilience concept, as well as how this concept is currently applied in actual disaster planning and research. For each session, students will read two articles: one that is theoretical (from Planning Theory, Progress in Human Geography, Ecology & Society, etc.), the other that describes the practices of actual disaster planning and research (from Journal of American Planning Association, Public Administration Review, Disaster Prevention and Management). In class, we’ll discuss together the link between theory and practice ‒ how certain theories get differently translated into practices of disaster planning/research, and the kind of challenges that planners/researchers encounter during such process. In addition, the course will have two lab sessions to showcase how planners and researchers might use GIS mapping for disaster planning, with emphasis on how such visualization can be different depending on their theoretical understanding.
Digital Design tools–2D or 3–are an important part of a planner’s toolkit. Clearly communicating ideas to clients, the public at large, and with managers is all made easier through the production of attractive, effective handouts, flyers, and posters. The same principles, techniques, and tools can be applied to the presentation of GIS data in the form of clear and attractive maps. Intro to Digital Design is a practice based course that introduces the student to Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, ESRI ArcGIS, and Google Sketchup in order to build the necessary skills to produce effective visual communication tools in the form of maps, fliers, and reports.