Urban Design

Courses

300 Level

  • URBA 310 Urban Design Studio I
     

    URBA 310

    Urban Design Studio I
    Urban design and development investigates the community at a micro, neighborhood level. Students assess the property involved and explore commercial prototypes as well as the importance of place-making in real estate development. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 115, ELDS 225.  
  • URBA 319 Real Estate Law and Finance
     

    URBA 319

    Real Estate Law and Finance
    This lecture course addresses the complexities of real estate law and the real estate development process. This course includes a consideration of basic real estate concepts and the methods for owning and transferring titles to real estate, as well as the public and private restrictions that can determine how real estate can be used. This course also considers the basic concepts and strategies for financing the acquisition and development of real estate. Prerequisite(s): ARLH 208.
  • URBA 320 Urban Design Studio II
     

    URBA 320

    Urban Design Studio II
    This course addresses comprehensive urban design and development investigations of an existing town. This may include the inner city of the Central Business District and fringe or transitional districts. Students analyze residential and mixed-use prototypes, the role of the community and public policy, and the process of developing a program and financial model. Prerequisite(s): URBA 310.
  • URBA 345 Political Economy of Urbanization
     

    URBA 345

    Political Economy of Urbanization
    This lecture course explores the fundamental socio-economic processes at work in the development of cities, the restructuring of social and economic relationships brought about by the urbanization process and the implications for future urban life. The role of government in influencing and being influenced by urbanization is emphasized, including specific considerations of zoning, historic preservation, design review and economic incentives. Urban phenomena such as sprawl, inner city revitalization, gentrification and New Urbanism are included in the discussions. Prerequisite(s): URBA 319.

700 Level

  • URBA 705 Political Economy of Urbanization
     

    URBA 705

    Political Economy of Urbanization
    This course explores the fundamental socio-economic processes and relationships at work in the development of cities, the urbanization process and the implications for future urban life. The role of government in influencing and being influenced by urbanization is emphasized, including specific consideration of zoning, historic preservation, design review and economic incentives. Urban phenomena such as sprawl, inner city revitalization, gentrification and New Urbanism are included in the discussions.
  • URBA 709 Urban Design Studio I
     

    URBA 709

    Urban Design Studio I
    This course studies micro and neighborhood scale within Savannah. Students assess the concerned property and investigate mixed-use prototypes and the importance of place making in an urban setting.
  • URBA 715 Real Estate Law and Urban Development
     

    URBA 715

    Real Estate Law and Urban Development
    This lecture course addresses the complexities of real estate law and the tax implications of various kinds of entities and real estate development approaches. This discussion leads to consideration of traditional and innovative arrangements that can be used in the private partnerships, syndications and incorporation of development projects. Regulation of development is explored in depth, including environmental requirements and land use regulations. The historical justification for and development of zoning and planning regulations are considered, and the planning process is examined to determine the steps in the process and the ways in which the process can and should be influenced by public input. Prerequisite(s): URBA 705.
  • URBA 719 Real Estate Law and Finance
     

    URBA 719

    Real Estate Law and Finance
    This lecture course addresses the complexities of real estate law and the real estate development process.  This course includes a consideration of basic real estate concepts and the methods for owning and transferring title to real estate and the public and private restrictions that can determine how real estate can be used.  This course also includes an inquiry into traditional and innovative arrangements that can be used in private partnerships, syndications and incorporations of development projects.  The various approaches to financing real estate and real estate development projects and the advantages and disadvantages of each are discussed. Prerequisite(s): URBA 705.
  • URBA 725 Urban Ecology
     

    URBA 725

    Urban Ecology
    This course studies the city from the perspective of ecology. Water, soils, vegetation and urban infrastructure are understood as ecosystem networks and potential determinants of energy flows. Best practices in landscape urbanism are studied. Zoning, density, land-use patterning and infrastructure design, adaptation and renewal are evaluated for sustainability and livability. New Urbanism, landscape urbanism and other contemporary practices in urban design are studied and evaluated.  
  • URBA 729 Urban Design Studio II
     

    URBA 729

    Urban Design Studio II
    This course investigates an existing city/town. This may include the inner city, the central business district and fringe or transitional districts. Students analyze residential and mixed-use prototypes, the role of the community and public policy, and the process of developing a program and financial model. Prerequisite(s): URBA 709.
  • URBA 739 Economics of Urban and Regional Development
     

    URBA 739

    Economics of Urban and Regional Development
    This lecture course provides an overview of urban and regional economics, including the theories of regional growth and urban development. It also provides a framework for understanding regional economic development and the regional development planning process, with a focus on public/private partnerships and public financing. Prerequisite(s): URBA 705.
  • URBA 759 Urban Design Studio III
     

    URBA 759

    Urban Design Studio III
    This course investigates the regional scale of new towns, suburbs and mega-cities. This studio emphasizes land use, environmental policies and infrastructure needs attendant to urban population growth, sprawl and transportation networks. Prerequisite(s): ELDS 720, URBA 729.
  • URBA 769 Urban Design Research Seminar
     

    URBA 769

    Urban Design Research Seminar
    This course serves as a workshop for hypothesis formulating research, analysis and topic proposal for the urban design and development thesis. Prerequisite(s): URBA 759.
  • URBA 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    URBA 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • URBA 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    URBA 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • URBA 780 Special Topics in Urban Design and Development
     

    URBA 780

    Special Topics in Urban Design and Development
    This course provides an opportunity for students to focus on particular issues in the study of urban design. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. The course may include lectures, discussions or individual projects depending on the nature of the topic.
  • URBA 791 Urban Design Studio IV: Thesis I
     

    URBA 791

    Urban Design Studio IV: Thesis I
    This thesis studio is the first of the two-term sequence for the conceptual and preliminary team effort of an urban design and development (URBA) investigation. The thesis is informed by research and topic development in a thesis preparation seminar. Permission may be granted by the faculty, in unusual circumstances, for a specialized research thesis in urban design and development, such as history, law and implementation of urban development. Prerequisite(s): URBA 759, URBA 769 and completion of the review for candidacy.
  • URBA 792 Urban Design Studio V: Thesis II
     

    URBA 792

    Urban Design Studio V: Thesis II
    This thesis studio is the second of the two-term sequence for the development and presentation of an interdisciplinary team design thesis. Upon satisfactory completion of the thesis, the work is documented, formally presented and archived. Prerequisite(s): URBA 791 and completion of the review for candidacy.