The Urbanism of Greenwich Village (Part I of II)
with Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro
This is the first part of a two-part course. Part II will be published soon.
Greenwich Village, as one of the most beloved and picturesque neighborhoods in New York City, presents unique lessons in its centuries-old architecture and urbanism: from its picturesque streets and squares, to its buildings, churches and townhomes. In this virtual course, we will discover how certain timeless urban principles make a neighborhood, and by extension, the city, more livable, walkable, and loved by a community. Participants will virtually walk through Greenwich Village and study its architectural and urban development, discuss principles of traditional urbanism applied to a modern-day city, and analyze how architecture (traditional and modernist) can affect public space.
- Gain deeper understanding of urban spatial typologies and their built form, and identify them as elements that make up traditional cities.
- Analyze through the historical urban fabric of Greenwich Village how traditional urbanism can promote more sustainable and resilient cities.
- Understand the importance of foreground and background buildings in a neighborhood and the role they play in providing a stronger urban foundation for human flourishing and communal welfare.
- Learn why a well-connected network of streets and squares can create more walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, promoting a healthier lifestyle for residents and visitors alike.
- Analyze how principles and typologies of traditional urbanism contribute to neighborhood safety.
- Identify urban interventions in Greenwich Village and recognize their positive and negative impacts on the neighborhood, and therefore its residents’ well-being.
There are no pre-requisites required for this course.
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