Urban Affairs

Metropolitan College

Special Topics in Urban Affairs

MET UA 510

Topic for Summer 2015: Master Planning: Theory & Application. Significant milestones in public and private master planning are examined to reveal their influence on the built environment. An emphasis on how master planning methods are developed and applied to specific markets such as public agencies, private development, higher education and healthcare institutions is explored through examination of historical precedents and field work. The course also examines the impacts of major urban events and their affect on master planning using case studies in Boston such as the Democratic National Convention of 2004 and the city's bid for the Olympics. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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Special Topics in Urban Affairs

MET UA 510

Topic for Summer 2015: Urban Climate Vulnerabilities: Analysis and Reporting. This course provides students with an introduction to climate vulnerabilities in the built and natural environments, particularly in urban areas. Drawing on the work of various local and state planning agencies, the course examines approaches to climate analysis by considering the concepts, tools, and methods used in climate science and urban disciplines. Students apply and critique these approaches to ultimately formulate a climate vulnerability assessment report. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 6)

MET UA 510 EL: Hybrid course meets on campus and online. Meets online Mondays and Wednesdays 12-2 pm starting June 29. Meets on campus alternate Thursdays 5-8 pm starting July 2. Meets online alternate Thursdays 5-8 pm starting July 9.

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Boston Experience

MET UA 580

Topic for Summer 2015: The Role of Architecture in Creating a Sense of Place. An introduction to the formal study of architecture. Introduces the concept that the role of architecture is to develop and maintain a sense of place. Establishes why and how a 'sense of place' is important to humans for social and psychological reasons and to societies for economic, political, and health and recreational reasons. The city of Boston serves as a living laboratory for this introductory study of architecture. Using this laboratory, students work on issues of historic preservation, upkeep, repair, restoration, improvement, modification, removal, adaptive renewal, and new construction as these processes relate to the importance of a sense of place. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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Urban Environmental Issues

MET UA 610

In the last century, humans have witnessed a dramatic increase in urbanization. In the United States alone, urbanized land areas have almost quadrupled from 18.6 million acres to about 74 million acres between 1954 and 1997 (USEPA, 2003). Such direct and indirect environmental impacts include (1) habitat loss; (2) natural resource impacts; (3) loss of open space; (4) increased surface runoff and flooding; (5) poor water and air quality; (6) brown fields; and 7) environmental injustice. By integrating environmental planning and policy, students learn how to create comprehensive approaches to address these impacts at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Case studies are used to demonstrate the potential to address a wide range of issues such as watershed, river, lake, wetland and coastal management, water supply planning, water quality restoration and protection, open space planning, habitat protection, ecological conservation, and enhancement and regulatory activities. Intended for students with or without a planning background. 4 cr. Tuition: $3200

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

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Urban Problems and Policy Responses

MET UA 701

Major problems confronting urban areas and the process of policy formulation and implementation. Emphasis on problem interdependence and systems characteristics. Analysis of problem definitions (housing, crime, poverty), goals, public/private responsibilities, existing programs, and policy options. Analysis of selected comparative international experiences. 4 cr. Tuition: $3200

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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