Currently work as the Coordinator of Online Course Media Development for the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) at the University of North Florida. In concert with other CIRT team members, I work with UNF faculty to develop and produce course media while continually evaluating the quality and effectiveness of online media for instructional delivery. I’ve been working in the Educational Technology field for over 20 years.

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HISP 471

HISP 471: Urban Design

Note: in an effort to decrease paper usage and to make sure information is always up-to-date, this syllabus has been formatted for the web. If you would like a PDF copy formatted for printing, please contact me.

Course Outline

Situated at the intersection of architecture and city planning, urban design is both a process and a practical approach to improve the quality of built environments. Good urban design aspires to shape city form by focusing on the complex relationships between built and unbuilt space and by facilitating the creation of built environments that are both sensitive to context and to people’s needs. As Jonathan Barnett puts it, urban design is about “designing cities without designing buildings”. Urban designers use their rich contextual knowledge about the dynamic nature of city development and their active skills in observing, interpreting, and recording transformations of the built environment in order to support good design at a variety of spatial scales. This course is designed to supplement existing courses that cover history and theory of urban planning and to better prepare students without prior design training for the studio experience.

Required Texts

Bacon, Edmund D. Design of Cities. Penguin: 1976.

Larice, Michael and Macdonald, Elizabeth (Eds.) The Urban Design Reader. Routledge: 2006.

Course Requirements

Graded Course Requirements Due Date Weight
Class Participation All Semester 15%
Midterm Exam Oct 8 (Wed) 20%
Description & Critique Oct 29 (Wed) 15%
In-Class Exercises Nov 5, 12 & 17 15%
Presentation Dec 3 (Wed) 15%
Design Project Dec 9 (Tues) 20%

Course Policies

Course Schedule


8/25 M Course Introduction
8/28 W The Elements of Urban Design
8/31 Etc.
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In this workshop we’ll show you some options for building your own academic website with the goal of developing or refining a professional online presence. This can be a site ranging from an online CV or portfolio, to a developmental space to explore digital pedagogy and scholarship, to an alternative class space online.


Faculty Examples:

Remember – these sites are like gardens. They need to be tended to, and occasionally weeded and fertilized (please, only virtual fertilizer). Remember this is your online identity. It needs to be constantly managed, but with that management, it means that you will have the most control over it.