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ARCH 509 – Architecture and Society


This seminar investigates the role of architecture in shaping human society. It considers the emergence of architecture and building alongside the rise of shared ideas, practices, and customs that shaped—and continue to shape—social structures (to include physical constructs, as well as behaviors and ideologies). For example, how does the US Supreme Court building (1935) rise to prominence in the same way that the Supreme Court itself increases its power in the US system of government? In what unseen ways is the American public affected and altered by the architecture of the white marble building? Or, how does a single, custom-built luxury home (1908) shape the values and ideals of planners, economists, builders, and homeowners during the 20th century, post-war housing boom in America?


Fri 1:00-4:00pm  2222 A&AB


Irene Hwang


Course Brief

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