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Site Planning Online

How to plan a site, its infrastructure and public spaces so that it is sustainable, supports human needs, compatible with its natural and man-made surroundings, adaptable and economically efficient. The course includes many examples of well planned sites.

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Cities are built site by site.

Site planning has been taught in urban planning, landscape architecture and architecture programs for over a century and continues to be a foundation course for those who aspire to plan the built environment. It is a required subject on licensing and certification programs for each of these disciplines.

Mastering the art of site planning requires substantive knowledge, well-honed design skills, and familiarity with examples and prototypes of site organization.

This course provides the perspectives of leading academics and practitioners on the important issues in preparing site plans. It offers a foundation of knowledge, and the opportunity to apply what is learned in preparing a site plan.

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  • Institución: MITx
  • Tema: Diseño
  • Nivel: Intermediate
  • Prerrequisitos:

    No prerequisities, but basic understanding of land and building form would be helpful.

  • Idioma: English
  • Transcripción de video: English

Lo que aprenderás

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How to analyze a site and imagine the possibilities for its use.

How to create a program and a plan for a site.

How to make choices about site infrastructure.

Examples of well planned sites.

Plan de estudios

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The course is organized in 10 one-week units, each containing 3-6 video learning modules. Each module is presented by an expert in the area being covered: Gary Hack, Mary Anne Ocampo, Brent Ryan, Dennis Frenchman, Shail Joshi, Zhuangyuan Fan, Eran Ben-Joseph, Jim Wescoat, Carlo Ratti, Larry Vale, Bob Simha and Tunney Lee of MIT; Dennis Pierprz, Elaine Limmer, Greg Havens and Martin Zogram of Sasaki; and Lynne Sagalyn of Columbia University.

The topics covered during each week are:

  1. Introduction: site values; exemplary greenfield and urban sites.
  2. Site analysis: natural site analysis; man made context of sites; infrastructure capacity; development regulations and policies; sites as property; integrating site knowledge.
  3. Site planning methods: planning processes; users, stakeholders and the public; economic value of sites; design methods; digital media for design; creating a site proposal.
  4. Site infrastructure: stormwater management; complete streets; pedestrian realms; water supply and disposal; energy for sites; intelligent infrastructure.
  5. Site concepts and performance: placemaking; subdivision and site assembly; scoring site performance; impact assessment.
  6. Residential sites: history of residential sites; typology of housing forms; housing and community design; dense residential sites.
  7. Places for commerce and work: prototypes for shopping; future workplaces; innovation zones; planning for e-commerce.
  8. Places for recreation and culture: Landscape structure; urban public spaces; human development and play; cultural districts.
  9. College and university planning: types of universities; campus form and communication; new campuses; networked campuses; planning for adaptability.
  10. Planning communities: mixed use development; new communities; the future of communities; concluding remarks.

Students will be examined in 4 quizzes about their comprehension of the materials covered.

In addition to viewing the modules, students will have the opportunity to prepare a site plan in three stages: a site analysis (3 weeks); a program and concept plan (4 weeks) and a detailed plan for part of the public domain of a site (3 weeks.) The course will provide basic data on two sites that may be used for this exercise. Alternatively, students may select a site in their own community and use it for their project. Or if the course is being taken in parallel with a university level studio or workshop, the results may be submitted for grading and feedback.

Please note that the assignments are available to only those students who sign up for verified certificates.

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Preguntas frecuentes

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  • Do I need computer graphics skills to take the course?
    • No, hand drawn plans are perfectly adequate.
  • What will be the format of the quizzes?
    • Multiple choice questions.
  • How will I receive feedback on the work I do?
    • There will be peer group feedback, and he instructors will provide feedback after reviewing a sample of the projects submitted.

Más información sobre este curso

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The suggested textbook for the course is Gary Hack, Site Planning: International Practice (MIT Press, 2018).  It is available for purchase or rent from the MIT Press web site: www.mitpress.mit.edu or from Amazon and other booksellers.

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