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Peng Chen
URBDP 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Systematic study of specialized subject matter. Topics for each quarter vary, depending upon current interest and needs, and are announced in the preceding quarter.

Class description

East Asian Urban Development History

This course analyzes the transformation of the East Asian urban form and city life from the explosion of urbanization and industrialization to the present day. The course is not a comprehensive history review, but to explore the process of East Asian urban development, and understand the history of selected features. It aims to address three questions.

Student learning goals

1) How do the ancient East Asian planning thoughts and design principles come and lead the planning practices?

2) How do the activity spaces, including housing, shopping, entertainments and transportation are organized from a historical perspective.

3) How globalization, and the competition to achieve global city status, has had a profound effect to the world?

General method of instruction

The course gives students experience in working with primary documentation sources through its selection of readings and class discussions. Students then have the opportunity to apply this experience by researching their own historical questions and writing a term paper.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

4 assignments 40% participation 20% proposal 10% presentation + major paper 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Peng Chen
Date: 04/28/2013