In urban design, connectivity is an essential theme. Cities and neighborhoods that increase connectivity between people, places, and the things they need become more vibrant and healthy. Connections vary by scale and involve different types of routes. For example, urban designers may want to improve regional connections, such as highways and other major transportation routes, or neighborhood-level connections, like streets and greenways. Connections at smaller scales, such as by block or individual lot, will involve even smaller types of routes and pathways.
This course focuses on connectivity on corridors of various types—from major thoroughfares to pedestrian paths. The goal will be to find strategic areas where design interventions to improve connectivity will have the most effect. A crucial first step is to find places that are lacking connectivity and then decide where blocked areas need to be redesigned. Strategies for increasing connectivity are based on the view that the built environment constrains or promotes all forms of interaction.