M 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., Room TBD

Urban Morphology (as a set of analytic methods to understand human settlements) is the 'study of urban form' and has an enduring presence in human geography, as well as other cognate disciplines. From: International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2009. This seminar will focus on the current methodologies and tools to support an analysis of the cityscape to facilitate community building. We will conduct a brief survey of Urban Morphology as a city building practice, from the early 20th century to the mid 21st century. The readings and presentations that inform the survey will provide a context for students to choose methods and tools to analyze a specific urban corridor, selected by the instructor, in the Houston metropolitan area. The corridor analysis, conducte by teams of students will in-turn inform student selected problems for specific site analyses. The problem(s) that students select for analysis will address contemporary social issues, environmental challenges, and/or concerns for emerging city form. The goal is for students to develop an understanding of the dynamics between city building and community building. 

Open to non-architecture majors with review and approval. 

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