Architects are uniquely positioned to lend their expertise as problem solvers to confront big problems for living in cities, shaping the overall built environment for the good of many. These issues go beyond the function and aesthetics of a singular building to encompass urban planning, public policy, and neighborhood development. Critical to the livability and economic viability of cities is the thoughtful planning and design of places that stitch a city together. Taking a comprehensive view of the commitment to improve civic spaces this discussion will focus on new work, improvements to existing and design of new infrastructure, the creation of new programming centered around these spaces, and the Architect’s role in facilitating this development.
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Learn how distressed cities, communities and neighborhoods can enact planning improvements and make broad infrastructure investments, to capitalize on the strengths of their place to become urban environments worth choosing.
2. Identify strategies to design within multiple layers of context: urban and landscape context, sustainable ecological systems, and the social, cultural, iconic and political project context.
3. Imagine essential infrastructure that contribute to the livability of cities that are easy to deploy, operate more sustainably, and with more resiliently.
4. Investigate how these infrastructure environments centered on rivers, and industrial spines can become economic, social, and environmental engines.
5. Learn how urban density is one of the most important keys to a sustainable future through the intelligent integration, rather that separation of human activities to provide opportunities to live and play near to where you work
Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design