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Urban Design 7 Reflection


The process that we have been through for the whole entire semester was really great. I have never studied my neighborhood before and it felt really amazing. Since i live outside New York City, it felt weird in the beginning but it actually made me feel really good that my neighborhood is different than everybody else which it made it challenging for me. I believe the process should stay the same because in order to get a better urban design concept for next semester, you should study your own neighborhood in order to understand the idea of urban design. Also, the readings were great in order to understand urban design from different perspectives of architects around the world, and the understanding of different cities and the way they have developed the grid, it was really nice.

Happy City

Interacting a faculty outside the architecture department is a great move because we can understand how people actually think about our designs. Happy city was an amazing way of involving green and more happy interactions between people where we should pay attention to when we are developing an urban design site.

Client Interactions

The client idea was a nice move where we had to deal with people outside the school and it felt great. However, my client for the small business development center was really great but i couldn’t understand exactly what they want. because they kind of layout the program but they weren’t focusing a lot about the surroundings of the building. It seemed like they weren’t really interested from the beginning, but if we can meet a client who is more involved and more interested that would be a greater step to achieve a better design.


I believe that was a great idea because i had a really great team where we had to finish everything on time and we helped each other out and learned from each other. Also, the project is pretty big so i believe one person isn’t going to be able to finish the whole assignment by him/herself.

Master plan vs architecture focus

From my perspective i believe this semester was really successful in terms of the timing because on other designs in this curriculum, we designed many buildings and focused a lot on the architecture work. However, in this class we dealt with the master plan we learned a lot of ideas and the involvement of people, streets, parks, views, etc. both professors have helped me a lot and learned a lot from them. I believe it should be the same in terms of this semester.


In my personal opinion i thought the the process for the overall curriculum was well organized. Starting from the neighborhood analysis, followed by the block typology analysis and the the urban city analysis were all perfect exercises to give everyone a starting idea on what urban design is.

Happy City

I thought the lecture on happiness was interesting and it brought the class together as a whole. It gave everyone the chance to express their own views and ideas on happiness and it promoted discussions within everyone in the class.

Client Interaction

I felt that the meeting clients was a a new experience that would be good for every one to try out. Learning to communicate with other people is a skill that everyone could use for their future lives.

Master plan vs. Architecture

I thought that the time distributed for each assignment was okay. I think it’s really hard to balance the time to a reasonable scale since both assignments require a fair amount of time. I believe that the time for each project is appropriate and that it all comes down to the students and their dedication.


Teamwork is very important. It helps you realize how one communicates with others and it puts everyone to the test when disputes arise. It challenges everyone to find common ground and to take the ideas of others into consideration in order to progress as a team and not an individual.

Design 7: Urban Design Reflections

I had a great time being apart of this class. This design was much different. I have been so used to the design of small spaces. Dealing with a large massing and site required much education and time. It challenged me to design outside the box. Designing the programs and the outside field was new and i feel should be introduced in other designs. I feel students are not prepared enough for large sites.

The process we took into urban design was good. It was necessary and I’m sure it will help future students.

The readings helped. I feel reading about how others deal with designing site plans helps me with my process. I used several books to gain ideas for this urban design.

Teamwork was different. This was a first, but it worked out. It gives us a hint of the real world because teamwork is in every office.

I feel we worked with the master plan and our site more then the given program. We didn’t focus enough about the client. It was a fantastic project but with enough time…the clients work would be finished with plans and all. Overall I enjoyed dealing with a large site. I have been in the Architectural field for quite sometime and must say, Its hard work and extremely different…but enjoyable. One last thing this school overall has to focus on is structure/detail and the regulations of designing a building.

-Daniel Savoca

Final Thoughts


This is the first design course, or any creativity-based course within this major that we took the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with our course topic by means of researching and understanding the manifestos of noted Architects. By beginning with theories, arguments and points made by activists and architects alike, and moving along towards block typologies and case study analysis did I feel we developed a comprehensive understanding to our course outline.

Happy City:

This segment more or less felt like an afterthought, although it was enriching to have a representative from another department give their input on our studies. It would have been nice to immerse ourselves further into this concept, as well as readings and seminars pertaining to urban design.



Master Plan vs. Architectural focus:

It goes without saying that the Master Plan took precedence this semester, which I find crucial as we pursue our career as architects. The Building was an afterthought to say the least, scrambled together last minute which I feel took away from our graphic abilities. As we have developed experience at this stage (hopefully) in structurally sound building design, a more Urban development based design class would be better. Perhaps focus on site sections, street view renderings, and a more strict attention to the building requirements laid before us (waterway acreage, livable built space, park acreage)

Overall I’ve greatly enjoyed the social aspect of this course, it’s the first design course that sparked group conversation and input pertaining to design, and inspired new approaches in the way that I think. Thank you for a wonderful semester.