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Term Fall 2017
Class ARCH 603
Class Title Slum, Ghetto, Blight: Urban Formations of Difference
Description Focusing on slums, ghettos, and blight, this seminar will assay a critical history of urban decline. The seminar will proceed on three levels. On one level, we will track the history of slums, ghettos, and blight as objects of architectural and urban knowledge. This history, explored in the main readings for the seminar, will begin with mid 19th c. housing reform in Britain, move to housing reform, urban development, and urban renewal in the 20th c. United States, and end with contemporary accounts of global shrinking cities and informal and subaltern urbanism in the Global South. On a second level, we will study the history of slums, ghettos, and blight in Detroit within larger national and global histories. This study will proceed through in-class reading of primary sources and work on material in relevant archives and libraries at the University of Michigan. On a third level, each student will choose a topic related to the themes of the seminar to explore in a term paper.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm 2227A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Andrew Herscher
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