Healthy Cities and Streets

with Kellen Krause

This course explores the mix of public and private realms as expressed in architecture and their urban relationships. How does NYC convey its meaning through notable buildings as well as those down the street? Which associations encourage a better life, and which inhibit? Students will be exposed to a variety of traditional and contemporary buildings and urban patterns as the course illustrates both successful and ineffective conditions.

This course will enable participants to:

  1. Examine how an expression of hierarchy in a city equates to the welfare of its citizens; that "foreground" buildings to celebrate the best of a city's public and private realms (such as town halls, libraries, and churches) are personified in prime lots and buildings in contrast to "background buildings", and that this celebration affects the positive outlook one has on their surroundings

  2. Examine how select neighborhoods in New York City have been conducive to safe or unsafe conditions overtime due to the design of their foreground and background buildings, and their urban form

  3. understand the relationship of enduring design for foreground buildings as a means of healthy environments that do not require frequent renovation; specifically the importance of well-proportioned architecture that represents a timeless local tradition and therefore a fundamental tenant of a sustainable way of building

  4. understand the use of foreground and background buildings as appropriate to the creation of healthy environments; that certain neighborhoods benefit from more or less of one type, and that an improper balance can be detrimental to the health and safety of a neighborhood; specifically with regard to impoverished neighborhoods, districts without a mix of use, and neighborhoods which are "unreachable" for a majority

  5. understand the application of foreground and background buildings in a manner which raises ones spirits, that is, results in a positive community where buildings contribute (rather than detract) to a community's welfare

Instructional Delivery Method: Live In-Person Learning Program

Program Level: Introductory

Provider Number: G193

AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: November 12, 2022

Provider Statement: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number G193. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ([email protected] or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.


This course will be offered on December 6, 2019, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, as part of the Health, Safety, and Welfare in Traditional Design day. Course registration is available on the program page here.