Week 1: Introduction, Logistics, Definitions

Dates18 January
TopicsReview Syllabus; Reading the Landscape; Working in Teams
Lecture NotesLecture 0: Introduction to the class
Lecture NotesLecture 1: Reading the Landscape and Working in Teams
ReadLewis (1979) Axioms for Reading the Landscape (link to article)
Assignment Field Assignment 1 (Slides due in Class February 1)
AssignmentTeam Contracts
Optional ReadTropical Deforestation and Urbanization

Week 2: Get Out!

Dates25 January
Topics Group based field work in Boulder

Week 3: The Origin of Cities

Dates1 February
TopicsWhat is a City? (Definitions)
TopicsOrigins of cities
Class ExerciseYouopolis: Urban Location
Lecture NotesComing Soon!
AssignmentIn Class, Field Reports on Assignment 1
ReadRead Glaeser chapter 1

Week 4: Location, Technology, Systems of Cities

Dates8 February
TopicsCentral Place Theory, Urban Epochs
Class ExerciseBuffalo City Council
ReadGlaeser chapter 2
Read Borchert (1967) American Urban Epochs

Week 5: Internal Structure of Cities

Dates15 February
TopicsModels of Urban Structure, Edge Cities, Internal Structure of Cities
TopicsTechnoburbs: Do cities have a center anymore? What is its function?

Week 6: Urban Sprawl

Dates22 February
TopicsDefinitions of Sprawl, Causes, Consequences.
TopicsCosts of Sprawl Revisited
TopicsMovie: Taken for a Ride
ReadGlaeser Chapter 7

Week 7: Urban Sprawl and Exam Review

Dates1 March
TopicTransportation and Landuse
TopicThe Bid-Rent Model
TopicMetropolitian Fragmentation: Where is the Mall of America?

Week 8: Midterm

Date8 March
Study GuideStudy Guide

Week 9: City of the Dreadful Night

Date15 March
TopicsTenements in America
TopicsJacob Riis
TopicsBuilding Codes vs. Public/Social Housing
ReadGlaeser Chapter 3 and 4

Week 10: The Emergence of the “Two-Part” City

Date22 March
TopicsTwo Part City, Streetcar Suburbs
TopicsRevolution '67

Week 11: Spring Break

Week 12: American Apartheid

Date5 April
TopicsRacial and Economic Segregation in America
ReadingsGlaeser Chapter 5

Week 13: Does Urban Design/Urban Form Shape Behavior?

Date12 April
Topics New Urbanism, Form, and Behavior
ReadingsGlaeser Chapter 8

Week 14: Zoning and Eminent Domain

Date19 April
TopicsKelo vs. New London
TopicsAmbler vs. Euclid
TopicsBarclays Center (A Film)
Topics Why (and how much) can the government control development?

Week 15: Final Exam

Date26 April