Taubman College

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Term Fall 2011
Class ARCH 503
Class Title Suburbia
Description Who invented suburbia and why? Where did the idea come from that the ideal of middle class living is a large detached house at the edge of a metropolitan area? And what is the future of the suburban idea? The course will start in eighteenth century London, the birthplace in my interpretation of the modern residential suburb, and continue through the streetcar suburbs of the 19th century to the postwar automobile suburbs like Levittown. The last section will examine “retrofitting suburbia.” Assigned reading includes Robert Fishman, Bourgeois Utopias: the rise and fall of suburbia; Sam Bass Warner, Jr. Streetcar Suburbs; D.J. Waldie, Holy Land: a suburban memoir; and Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson, Retrofitting Suburbia. The main research assignment is to research a “streetcar suburb” from the 1890-1930 period.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective Yes
Meets Mondays 2:00-5:00pm Room 2108 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Robert Fishman
Syllabus Arch503-004.pdf