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Term Fall 2017
Class ARCH 506
Class Title Ideologies, Race, and the American City
Description With architecture and space operating as critical mediators of visual and literary imaginations and fantasies, architecture itself emerges as a projective political and theoretical force in social relations. The seminar will explore the role of ideology as a mode of translating and articulating how visual and spatial work operates within the public imagination. The seminar scopes out new interventions that differentiate modernist architectural production in the Americas - places where the lasting imprint of colonialism, racial capitalism, experiments in democracy, and social upheavals are resonant in built and speculative architecture and urban design projects - from its European counterpart. Architectural and urban design work by architects in the United States, Mexico and Brazil - while channeling the imperatives of idealized democracy - also apply architectural ideologies to populations who have come to know and achieve freedom through deprivation and abject violence. Why is the American inner-city and the Latin and South American informal areas the focus of so much contemporary attention in the face of rampant new urban development? How are the U.S.-based problems with respect to policing, housing and educational challenges related to a lack of urban vision or failed versions of the idealized modernist city? These and other contemporary questions will be interrogated through systematic readings of textual, visual and spatial material that utilize the intersectionality of architecture and urbanism with political philosophy and the humanities. Readings will include Tommie Shelby, Elizabeth Anderson, Georg Hegel, Manfredo Tafuri, Elizabeth Hinton and Teddy Cruz among others. The course is open to graduate students from all disciplines, as well as upper0level undergraduates by permission of instructor.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Wednesday 9:00am-12:0pm 2213 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Milton S. F. Curry
Syllabus not available