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Course Detail

Term Winter 2017
Class ARCH 506
Class Title Urban Housing: From the SRO/Flophouse to the Boutique Hotel
Description This seminar explores contemporary urban housing and urban boutique hotels in the United States, with special emphasis on the aesthetic and spatial connections between SROs (single room occupancy housing), Flophouses, and the emergence of the boutique hotel in the mid-1980’s. The spatiality and sociality of early urban American housing provides an intriguing lens from which to view new and emerging concepts in urban housing - including but not limited to tenement housing, worker housing, hostels, boutique / high-style hotels, small houses, etc.

The course will cross-cut historical period to locate theoretical synergies between culture, sociality, and space. Utilizing a theoretical framework conjoined with a case-study method, the course will document the recent history of boutique hotel development and hostel development in the context of historical precedents and typological lineages. Participants will be expected to participate in historical, theoretical and speculative research that will catalyze unique individual and group research projects. The course pairs readings in architecture, political philosophy and cultural theory with works drawn from hospitality design, business, and public housing policy.

This seminar is organized around the following themes:
I. Brief History of Urban Housing in the US
II. Brief History of Urban Boutique Hotels
III. Housing + Hotel Industry Case Studies
IV. Spatial / Aesthetic Analyses of Housing + Hotel Typologies
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm 2108 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Milton S. F. Curry
Syllabus not available