This course will concentrate on design, research, interpretation and analysis of urban spaces in New York City, with discussion of the region, the country and abroad. The introductory nature of the course necessitates overview of a broad range of topics rather than in-depth exploration of each topic. However, all course materials and work will relate to the forces that shape urban form. By the end of the course, each student will develop an awareness of the built environment and the critical elements required for successful place making. Learning throughout the semester will be project-centered with hands-on application of physical planning and design. Students will focus on planning process during the first half of the semester and development for the remainder.