[*Freshman Seminar 41q. Boston Green]
Boston is full of green spaces such as the Emerald Necklace, bike trails, and smaller pieces of greenery that make ordinary spaces feel more special. Focusing on Boston and surrounding areas, this Freshman Seminar will explore the ideas behind making cities "green" in the first place. Since the 19th century, landscape architects, planners, government officials, and the public alike differed over where such spaces should be built, who should enjoy them, and what naturalistic ideas these areas were supposed to convey. More generally, the course will provide students with an introduction to the application of environmental thought to planning.