Space, Place and Environment represent three approaches to society at large as well as to urban and environmental planning and design. Space represents an attempt at an objective quantitative approach, viewing planning and design as social engineering. Place refers to a phenomenological approach emphasizing that planning & design should focus on the subjective relations between people and their homes, lands or neighborhoods; while Environment commences from a structuralist and system perspectives to planning and design thus encompassing the social, cultural and physical structures within which people conduct their activities. Throughout most of the 20th century space, place and environment provided the foundations to modernist planning and design approaches; in the last decades they became playing tools of post-modernism. More recently, however, space, place and environment are perceived as spontaneous self-organized products that emerge out of the interaction between the many human agents.
In line with the above, the 24 lectures of the course are planned to develop in four sequential parts, when the last two meetings are devoted to students’ presentations:
Part I: Space.
Part II: Place and structure.
Part III: Environment.
Part IV: A complexity theory perspective on space, place and environment.
Part I: Space
1-2. Spatial perspectives on the built environment.
Part II: Place and structure
Part III: Environment
Part IV: A complexity theory perspective on space, Place and Environment
11. A concise introduction to complexity theories and CTC.
12. A complexity theory perspective on space, Place and Environment.
13-14. Students presentations
10% attendance and participation
10% individual out of class discussion with professor
10% oral presentations in class
70% written final research paper