A waterfall that forms part of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens illustrates one of the elements of urban nature explored in the course. (Photograph courtesy of Francisca Rojas.)
This course features a complete reading
list and exemplary student work files in the assignments
This course explores the urban environment as a natural phenomenon, human habitat, medium of expression, and forum for action. The course has several major themes: how ideas of nature influence the way cities are perceived, designed, built, and managed; how natural processes and urban form interact and the consequences for human health and welfare; how planners and designers can shape the urban natural environment. Each student researches and presents a case, either historical or an example of contemporary theory and practice.