Archived Versions

11.304J / 4.255J Site and Infrastructure Systems Planning

As taught in: Spring 2009

Two photos of Tama New Town buildings and rooftops.

Tama New Town is one of many new towns—planned residential communities, many of which are currently experiencing changes for the worse—built outside Tokyo, Japan. (Image courtesy of Eran Ben-Joseph)




Prof. Eran Ben-Joseph

Course Features

Course Description

This course is a client-based land analysis and site planning project. The primary focus of the course changes from year to year. This year the focus is on Japan's New Towns.

Students will review land inventory, analysis, and planning of sites and the infrastructure systems that serve them. They will also examine spatial organization of uses, parcelization, design of roadways, grading, utility systems, stormwater runoff, parking, traffic and off-site impacts, as well as landscaping. Lectures will cover analytical techniques and examples of good site-planning practice. Requirements include a series of assignments and a client-based project.