Urban Design, Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.)

Programs and Objectives

Master of Urban Planning - Urban Design Program (Program Director - Distinguished Professor Michael Sorkin)

This program is focused on the design of new forms for the city and urban life. Committed to experiment, it seeks to investigate the effects on and prospects for the city arising from contemporary transformations in technology, culture, lifestyles, environment, economic organization, governance, and architecture. Drawing on the unparalleled resources of City University and the City of New York, the program aims to stimulate analytical rigor and formal creativity in a variety of media. The program seeks to play an active and ameliorative role in shaping futures for New York and cities around the world through both formal research and direct engagement with communities.

The program is designed to be completed in two full-time, sequential semesters. At its core is the design studio, taught by the Director, which moves, in a two-semester sequence, from an abstract consideration of urban morphologies and systems to a realistic, large-scale, project sited in New York City. The studio also travels annually to observe a city under unusual stress. Past travel studios have included Chicago, Nicosia, Havana, and Johannesburg. The curriculum also includes varying courses taught by distinguished CUNY and visiting faculty devoted to urban history, theory, analysis, and to natural and social urban ecologies.

Applicants to the Urban Design program should hold a professional degree in either architecture or landscape architecture. Applicants from other backgrounds will be considered only in exceptional circumstances and on demonstration of a high level of design ability.

Requirements for the M.U.P. Degree

Semester 1 (Fall)

Course NumberTitleCredits
UD 61001Urban Design Studio I

7

UD 61002History of Urban Space I

3

UD 61003Reading the City I

3

UD 61004Urban Ecologies I

3

Semester 2 (Spring)

Course NumberTitleCredits
UD 62001Urban Design Studio II

7

UD 62002History of Urban Space II

3

UD 62003Reading the City II

3

UD 62004Urban Ecologies II

3

Total Credit Hours: 32