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Spring 2013-2014
* ART 250 / ARC 250 / ENV 250 (LA)  

Architecture, Globalization, and the Environment

Esther da Costa Meyer

This course covers global architecture and urbanism and their relation to climate change and social problems. Special attention will be paid to the erosion of public space, whether it is due to gentrification, gated communities, outright segregation, or to the devastating impact of war in urban zones in many parts of the world. We will study green architecture and issues of sustainability, as well as environmental justice and environmental racism. Architecture's complicities with regard to global warming, its squandering of fossil fuels and its response to rising waters and water scarcity are also central to our approach.

Sample reading list:
McNeill, Donald, Global Architect: Firms, Fame and Urban Form
Jodidio, Philip, Green: Architecture Now!
Neuwirth, Robert, Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World
Burgess, Rod and Mike Jenks eds., Compact Cities: Sustainable Urban Forms Developing Countries
Browder,John O. and Brian Godfrey, Rainforest Cities
Graham, Stephen ed., Cities, War, and Terrorism: Towards an Urban Geopolitics

Reading/Writing assignments:
Active participation in precept, an oral presentation in precept, midterm, final exam, and a final 15-page paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies Group 3 distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43283 L01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm M W   McCormick Hall   101   Enrolled:57 Limit:125
43604 P01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
43605 P02 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
43606 P03 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:8 Limit:14
43607 P04 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
43608 P05 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:11 Limit:14