* Registration is restricted to Master of Heritage Conservation students or those without previous Architectural Design background*
This course is aimed to expose graduate students in the Heritage Conservation discipline to the foundational ideas and basic skills of urban design and place-making.
Specifically this course will overview some of the most dominant theories of urban design as well as their immersive relationship with various graphic means of representing a designed landscape and/or place.
Using the USC campus as study area, this course will teach students to read the built environment as a physical setting of identifiable elements each having specific dimensions and characteristics, and their combination into complex larger wholes.
Finally, this course will engage students in design exercises involving strategic thinking on what to preserve, what to change and what to introduce new and why.
The specific goals of this course are as follows:
- Create awareness on various contemporary positions and lenses for reading the built environment.
- Develop a basic understanding of the physical components of the urban landscape and their dimensional characteristics – from the scale of the region to that of a street.
- Develop a basic understanding of how to represent in two and three-dimensions, the basic physical components of an urban landscape – from trees to building typologies – and how to depict them.
- Engage in basic place-making exercises that analyze conditions towards proposing transformation and change.