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ARCH 503 – Possible Worlds


Possible Worlds describes the means and meaning of propositional world-making. Seminar participants will study selected examples (proposals from architecture and stories, films, games) in relation to scale, genre, and medium within the framework of selected readings (from architecture, literature, and philosophy). In positing the agency of design in the realm of the imaginary, this course takes outlandish proposals seriously.

This course is open to all students enrolled at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; there are no prerequisites, though it should be considered reading intensive (both in examples of city-making and its theorization). Participants will each make an analytical case study of an assigned "world" as a final project.


Wed 8:30-11:30am  2213 A&AB


John McMorrough


Course Brief

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Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning