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11.016J / 4.211J The City, Spring 2003

Map of Boston.
A map of Boston showing the sites from this class.  (Image courtesy of Jeffrey Roberts.)

Highlights of this Course

This class includes an array of assignments which challenge students to apply the knowledge gained in the course to their own project sites.

Course Description

What is a city? What shapes it? How does its history influence future development? How do physical form and institutions vary from city to city and how are these differences significant? How are cities changing and what is their future? This course will explore these and other questions, with emphasis upon twentieth-century American cities. A major focus will be on the physical form of cities -- from downtown and inner-city to suburb and edge city -- and the processes that shape them.

The class website can be found here: The City.



Prof. Anne Whiston Spirn

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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