We can tell from our ever-full comment sections on our posts that Bungalowers love talking about the urban form. CityLab (Website) recently came up with a list of free online classes that hopeful planners and armchair urbanists can take, so we knew we’d have to share them with our readers.

Feast your eyes.

 A Global History of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“How do we understand architecture? One way of answering this question is by looking through the lens of history, beginning with First Societies and extending to the 16th century. This course in architectural history is not intended as a linear narrative, but rather aims to provide a more global view, by focusing on different architectural moments.”

Click HERE to enroll.


 Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities from ETH Zurich

“This urban planning course will focus on four areas that directly affect livability in a city: Urban energy, urban climate, urban ecology and urban mobility. The course begins by presenting measurable criteria for the assessment of livability, and how to positively influence the design of cities towards greater livability. We will focus on this basic topic of the human habitat in a holistic way, and introduce possibilities of participatory urban design by citizens, leading towards the development of a citizen design science.”

Click HERE to enroll.


Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology from Cornell University

“The actions of ordinary people are often absent in studies of urban renewal and urban ecology. Around the world, people who are fed up with environmental degradation and the breakdown of their communities come together to transform blighted vacant lots, trashed-out stream corridors, polluted estuaries, and other “broken places.” Civic ecology practices—such as community gardening, wetlands restoration, river cleanups, and tree planting—are a means for people to express resilience and rebuild communities marked by disaster and disinvestment.”

Click HERE to enroll.


Urban Water: Innovations for Sustainability from University of British Columbia

“In this interdisciplinary course you will learn about the water-related dimensions of environmentally sustainable urbanism. The course features Vancouver, one of the world’s leading cities for green design.”

Click HERE to enroll.


To see more available free online urbanist courses, click HERE.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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