City Building (Urban Planning)

June 22-26, 2020 | 10 am-Noon

Approximately 80% of Americans currently live in an urban area. But how did we transition from a predominantly rural, agricultural nation into an urbanized, industrial one? More specifically, how did the cities most of us live in become cities in the first place? 

In this one-week course, we will consider how cities “happen"—how and why they are founded and develop, and what makes them work … and sometimes not work. We focus on several of the world’s most famous cities, including San Francisco. We’ll venture out of the classroom on field trips to consider the various physical features that helped determine the evolution and character of our City, as well as visit with representatives of the San Francisco Planning Department to gain insights into the San Francisco of the future.  

Throughout the week, we will synthesize what we’ve learned about urban planning by designing and building cities of our own using urban-planning software.

Cost: $150
Ages: Students entering 7th-9th grades in the fall of 2020

Instructor: Carlos Rocha
Mr. Rocha is an instructor of Social Studies at Sacred Heart Cathedral and has inserted himself into the school community as a moderator of the Dance Team and an assistant coach to the Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team. Mr. Rocha is passionate about engaging students to foster their passions in and outside of the classroom in an environment that is conducive for success.


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