What We Do

Urban Design

As a profession, city planning has evolved considerably from the technocratic model of the 1950s to an increasingly inclusive profession that bridges many disciplinary boundaries. Planners have come to realize that planning for and managing built environments is a complex process that requires diverse skills and a strong collaborative vision; this realization has engendered a more comprehensive approach to urban planning.

  Urban design affects the physical appearance of the entire urban landscape.  Urban affairs and city planning students at MET get the chance to immerse themselves into design debates and processes through coursework, studios, and internship opportunities in the Boston area.

Necessary components of a holistic planning education, urban design courses at Metropolitan College contribute to the understanding of the physical aspects of planning. The courses have been designed to provide a premise for students to engage in the understanding and designing of urban forms, as well as to explore the potential and possibilities of these forms in terms of civic, social, and public endeavors. The two course offerings in urban design work as a sequence. The introductory course provides an overview of urban design history and issues while equipping students with analytical and representational skills for visual communication. In the second course of the sequence, students engage in a comprehensive urban design process through which they explore a real planning project in the City of Boston.

Current course offerings that address transportation planning include: