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ARCH 509 – Emerging Urbanisms in Deindustrializing Urban Regions


This  seminar  explores  recent  urban  transformations  in  deindustrializing  city-regions  and interrogates the agency of  the design and planning disciplines in these processes. Through the critical examination of relevant texts and built and unbuilt projects, the course includes a range of approaches to the study of urban phenomena addressing the repurposing of civic infrastructure and public space, the reintroduction of productive uses, approaches to urban adaptation and resilience, improvisational, temporary citizens-led regimes of occupation and shared ownership, and the role of experimental, programmatic and prototypical interventions to project alternative, more just urban futures.
The course has a hybrid structure, part seminar and part workshop. Classes are structured to provide a dynamic learning structure integrating lectures, readings and discussions, software tutorials, desk critics and presentations of  students’ work. During  the  semester, students will: (1) read and discuss texts from distinct scholarly fields of inquiry;  (2) learn from and contextualize the relevance of projects and case studies; (3) engage in conversation with guest lecturers  about their work;  and  (4)  develop  thematic cartographies and project proposals integrating critical approaches to previous assignments.


Tue 6:00-9:00pm 2210 A&AB


María Arquero de Alarcón


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