The Once and Future City

Kenmore Square at dusk.

An image of Kenmore Square, one of the project sites from this year's class. (Image courtesy of Shannon Turner. Used with permission.)


MIT Course Number

11.016J / 4.211J

As Taught In

Spring 2006



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Course Features

Course Description

What is a city? What shapes it? How does its history influence future development? How do physical form and institutions vary from city to city and how are these differences significant? How are cities changing and what is their future? This course will explore these and other questions, with emphasis upon twentieth-century American cities. A major focus will be on the physical form of cities - from downtown and inner-city to suburb and edge city - and the processes that shape them.

The class Web site can be found here: The City.

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Anne Spirn. 11.016J The Once and Future City, Spring 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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