Master Planning: The Resilient City

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Amidst increasing diversity and several years of strong economic and population growth, planners are discovering that cities are rich labs for exploring innovations in areas including: regional and local food systems; arts, culture and place-making, spatial planning and urban design; ecological systems, equity and social justice; and technology. The program will draw from interdisciplinary expert perspectives and active learning to explore these topics (and others) and to encourage participants to expand their understanding of how to design resilient and adaptable cities in the face of a changing climate, social equity challenges and a need for increasing competitiveness and innovation.
Participants will use the City of Boston as a laboratory and case study throughout the course, learning from local and international experts, touring key sites and working together to synthesize case studies and their own observations. A series of presentations and discussions will lay the foundation for the course and introduce the breadth of environmental, economic, and social issues that must be addressed at all scales. The panelists will include planners, public officials, urban designers, artists, technologists, economists, ecologists, and developers.
Cambridge, MA
Distance Learning
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Historic Preservation
Housing & Community Design
Parks & Recreation
Site Planning
Sustainable Development & Design
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Investigate master planning approaches to achieving urban resilience: What common themes or topics are addressed? What are the spatial or design issues to be addressed to achieve a sustainable future?

Explore planning and urban design case studies that demonstrate how interdisciplinary approaches (including arts and culture, local food systems and technology) are becoming critical to city-building.

Discover how the real estate market and regulatory context are responding to resilience goals.

Understand the role of natural and ecological systems.

Synthesize and apply knowledge from panelists to a case study of Boston.

Brie Hensold
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Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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