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Defining Neighborhoods

This course reviews the varying definitions of neighborhoods and examines methods for defining a physical basis and tangible meaning to neighborhoods based on the location of neighborhood centers, boundaries, and spatial extents.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (54 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2019
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. Understanding Neighborhoods (7 mins)
  • 3. Historical Overview (5 mins)
  • 4. The Designed Neighborhood (6 mins)
  • 5. Neighborhoods Redefined (8 mins)
  • 6. Neighborhood Debates (13 mins)
  • 7. Getting the Neighborhood Back (3 mins)
  • 8. Strategies for Planners (7 mins)

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the history of neighborhoods

  • Review alternative neighborhood definitions

  • Understand the debates surrounding neighborhoods

  • Review the steps required for neighborhood delineation

Course Description

Interconnection, localized identity, human scale, adjacency, access, the need for a graspable spatial unit to belong to—these are the regularities of urban experience that establish a durable foundation for the traditional concept of neighborhood. Neighborhoods are often defined by arbitrary lines on a map, lacking real meaning or power. This course reviews neighborhood-building strategies that are incremental, resident controlled, and planner enabled. This course reviews the varying definitions of neighborhoods and examines methods for defining a physical basis and tangible meaning to neighborhoods based on the location of neighborhood centers, boundaries, and spatial extents.

Learn these skills

  • Site Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Walkability

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

CNU-A

This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.

SACPLAN CPD

This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point. 

Meet Your Instructor

Emily Talen

Emily Talen

Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Her research is devoted to urban design and urbanism, especially the relationship between the built environment and social equity.

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