Since the emergence of modern Urban Design practice, the scope and ambition of projects have significantly expanded and diversified. The practice associated with the design of cities has shifted from rigid specialization to a trans-disciplinary platform that engages physical, cultu, economic, and political dimensions, facilitating a methodological diversity that has enriched the practice and expanded the potential agency of Urban Designers. In order to create a familiarity with the diversity of practices and resultant urban forms, this exercise engages with three case study projects (three manifestos: Plan of Chicago, Seaside New Urbanism, Archigram) and a site in East Boston.
First, the conceptual framework of each case study is analyzed, both individually, and as part of the group of projects, with the goal being to distill the general concepts in the cases and to redeploy them through a speculative design proposal within the assigned site.
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS
ABSTRACT REPRESENTATIONS OF CASE STUDIES
PLAN OF CHICAGO
The objective of the exercise is to single out the larger urban design strategies behind each set of cases and to experiment with transposing those strategies into a different context.