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Course Detail

Term Winter 2018
Class ARCH 509
Class Title Design and Power
Description Can architecture serve to empower and disempower? What do designers need to know about a given context before they can responsibly intervene? How might architects and designers re-conceive their own practices in ways that break with systems of building construction and commodity manufacturing they depend upon?

Designs are both outcomes and agents of power. Planned spaces, the built environment and designed technologies act both as implements to structure domination. They also offer serve as powerful tools with the potential to address and undermine inequalities.

In this course, students of anthropology and architecture will work together to develop a vocabulary to describe power in its many forms. Discussion and coursework will draw on cross-disciplinary cases, ethnographies, theories on space, labor, and power, and will also include screenings, discussions. Through short student ethnographic projects of research/design, students will engage with the particular problems that arise in projects that take culture and society not simply as contexts for design or analysis, but as targets of positive intervention.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Monday/Wednesday 11:30am-1:00pm 418 West Hall
Credits 3
Faculty WilliamThomson
Syllabus not available
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