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Ming-Chun Lee
URBDP 598
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

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

Class description

The enrollment limit is 15.....

The intent of the digital practicum is to introduce Urban Design and Planning students to digital technologies for mapping, drafting, modeling and communication. This is done using real-world case study projects that focus on urban design and preservation issues. The practicum is a hands-on computer course where students learn the software necessary to complete a design and planning project from the research and development stage all the way through to presentation.

The set of software used in this course includes:

ArcGIS for area-level studies (temporal overlays and other forms of thematic and analytical mapping) AutoCAD for site-level studies (2D schematic design development) SketchUp/Form Z for 3D modeling (design iterations and spatial composition in context) Photoshop for poster-board format presentation (composition, layout, photo-manipulation).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course includes four components. Lecture time will be used to provide some of the background theory, introduce the project, and provide information on the various resources available to complete it. There will be up to two guided fieldwork sessions with the instructor and neighborhood planner, and students may be required to make additional independent fieldtrips as needed. In the tutorial component, students will be given guided introductions to each of the software packages, and work on small exercises that explore relevant software features under the guidance of the instructor. Lab sessions will be used to work on the project in a setting where the instructor and TA are available for guidance. Students taking the class for 5-credits will have additional studio time with the instructor and will complete the project with greater scope.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Ming-Chun Lee
Date: 02/15/2005