Special Subject: Urban Design — Contemporary Urbanism: Theory and Representation

Permission of instructor
Required of: 
SMArchS students

Note: schedule changed to W 9-12 in room 3-329

The course is a critical survey of key contemporary positions on urbanism to the ends of writing and designing territories that respond to the challenges of the 21st century. How do we organize the physical form of human settlements, accounting for the cultural, political, geographic, ecological, and social structures? The course approaches urban projects across scales, engaging the allied fields of landscape architecture, geography, territorial planning, and environmental humanities. We will overview contemporary precedents of urban research and situate them in relation to a genealogy of precedents. Through a series of assignments and discussion of theoretical texts, the seminar will produce a family tree of contemporary practices.