Patterns in Social and Urban Planning

Course Code: CDEV 4500

Academic Year: 2018-2019

This course will explore how we (re)imagine physical space in urban communities. Different social, political, and economic structures shape patterns of urban development and these structures have important consequences in terms of the concentration of a range of social issues. Spatial practices and urban development and these structures have important consequences in terms of the concentration of a range of social issues. Spatial practices and urban development are not neutral phenomenon. In exploring the different factors affecting how 'space' is constructed and regulated we can begin to understand the effect of urban development on patterns of poverty, homelessness, crime, and environmental degradation in Canada. We will explore the birth and growth of cities in Canada, trends in urban development; the "inner city" and the suburbs; the relationship between space, employment, and housing; sustainability, and the links between geography and social problems. Finally, we will explore urban design and the future of practices characterized by unevenness and uncertainty. The written research project in this course will require students to identify a specific community and map its historical and contemporary development, noting the social, political, cultural and economic dynamics that shape its perceptions, problems, and potential.