Recombinant Urbanism + Public Space

Architecture + Urban Design

Spring 2013

Grahame Shane, instructor

This seminar examined how cities grow and develop over time. It employed a theory of urban actors and conceptual models as tools for the analysis of the city and its design ecologies. Transformations in these actors and models were mapped at various scales over time in the course. Conceptual models provided a link between the larger forces shaping a city network and the physical, built city ecologies put in place by actors directing the resources at a particular time. Students constructed a model of a city of their own choosing and employed models derived from the course to illustrate the structure and growth of that city, including its representative public spaces and fabrics. Cities studied this year were Copenhagen, Chengdu, Doha and Jerusalem.