Urban Core Lab
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: UURB 3810
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course provides a systematic and integrative introduction to urban research methods used to understand social and spatial conditions taking place in cities. Students will study an urban phenomenon present not only in New York City but in every city worldwide - that of vacant properties. The course will introduce students to the different perspectives of social research and their practical implications. Students will be able to identify methods leading to participatory design processes by learning the use of techniques as oral histories; ethnographic observation; policy analysis; in-depth interviews; surveys; production of social-diagrams; focus groups; participatory dynamics of diagnosis layout and promotion of social creativity. Using the knowledge acquired during the research, students will propose strategic design interventions. This introductory course is complemented by advanced ‘Urban Toolbox’ courses.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: upper level undergraduates in BS in Urban Design and BA in Urban Studies majors; other upper-level undergraduates by instructors' discretion.


Open to Undergraduate students.