Taubman College

Course List

Term Fall 2010
Class ARCH 509
Class Title MODERNISM AND THE CITY:Discursive Interventions
Description ARCH 509 is a theory seminar that will examine modernist ideologies in the critical areas of architectural and urban design, race and urban theory, and nation; with special emphasis on the locations, spaces and visual markers of these issues in the United States, Latin America and South America. The course will examine postwar urban development in the United States these contexts during a period in which architectural modernity implemented distinctly different visions of the city. The architecture and urban infrastructures of the megacity, innercity, informal-city, ghetto, slum, and suburb, serve as spatial indices of how cities and suburbs
have been territorialized according to nation, class, and race affiliations. This period also necessitates a revisiting of concepts of the ‘nation’ in that the visual ideologies inscribed in protest movements and cultural production weigh on the minds and psyches of the polity itself, thus influencing and potentially overriding certain types of spatial perception. Course readings and films will include works by Georg Hegel, Benedict Anderson, James Holston, Teresa Caldeira, Tommy Shelby, Paul Gilroy, and others. Requirements will include intensive reading and discussion, several short essays, and a final research paper.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets M 7:00-10:00pm 2210 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Milton S. F. Curry
Syllabus not available