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HTS2764 - Life Among Buildings

Life Among Buildings: urbanism, city planning and the church

This course introduces students to the basic ideas behind urban planning, particularly through the lens of what is known as 'the New Urbanism', in order to think about order, community, sustainability and livability in the built environments we inhabit: cities and their neighborhoods, suburbs, and towns. Alongside this introduction, students will develop skills in analysis, evaluation and theological assessment of places. Further, the class will work to assess the relation of urbanism to the gospel, the common good, and the church’s mission, working to think more explicitly about the place of the church building in the urban built order, the church community in the urban political order, and how the values of the New Urbanism might influence the shape of the church’s buildings, mission and context. The course will include three required local field trips to observe and assess built environments in place.