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Term Winter 2012
Class ARCH 506
Class Title LIVING FOR THE CITY The Metropolis and Social Imaginaries in the Americas
Description Living for the city presents urbanization in the aftermath of postwar capitalist development in the United States and South/Latin America as a phenomena linked to the aesthetic ideologies of architecture, tv, film and visual media, and literature as they collectively negotiated the political and cultural upheavals of the late 1960‘s and early 1970‘s. The sustainable city, new urbanist city, megacity, inner-city, informal-city, ghetto, slum, favela, and suburb, serve as spatial productions of contested imaginations from a globally diverse polity with affiliations to nation, race, and class within their geographies of inhabitation. The course will chart a strategic path through close examinations of large-scale modernist urban development projects in New York, Detroit, Mexico City, and Brasilia; as well as media that synthesize the subjective encounter with space such as The Wire, City of God, and Hands Over the City. The course attempts to lay a groundwork for a new logic of urbanization situated within contemporary cultural theory. Theoretical texts and essays by Georg Hegel, Colin Rowe, Benedict Anderson, Tommie Shelby, Paul Gilroy, Catherine Jurca, and others will be part of a critical reappraisal of notions of universal (or neutral) history as foundational to the project of modernity.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective Yes
Meets TH 9:00-12:00pm 2227 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Milton S. F. Curry
Syllabus Arch506_Curry_Winter12.pdf