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ARCH 509 – The Fluid Commons: A Physical Planning and Design Workshop


This project-based, 3-credit course introduces core disciplinary competencies in Urban Design and engages in the spatialization of socio-environmental and culturally rooted processes in the built environment. Using the design studio pedagogy as a platform for learning, experimentation, critique, and exchange of ideas, the course advances skills and design research methods, digital literacy, the exploration of students’ interests in the field, and conversations with scholars, practitioners and local groups to situate our agency in the built environment. 

Under the call “The Fluid Commons,” we will work on the Detroit River engaging in socio-environmental storytelling to reflect on the sustainability of contemporary re-urbanization trends, draw cultural critique and project new imaginaries. 

The course URP 551 offers a hybrid version of this course and meets Tuesday 4 to 7 pm. The two courses will meet over the semester for peer learning.


Class Instruction Mode:  Online

Tue   9:00pm-11:59pm


Maria Arquero del Alarcon


Course Brief

Plan Your Future
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning