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Fall 2013-2014
ARC 401 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Theories of Housing and Urbanism

Andrew Laing

The seminar will explore theories of urbanism and housing by reading canonical writers who have created distinctive and influential ideas about urbanism and housing from the nineteenth century to the present. The writers are architects, planners, and social scientists. The theories are interdisciplinary. One or two major work will be discussed each week. We will critically evaluate their relevance and significance for architecture now. Topics include: modernism, functionalism and social change; technological futurism; social critiques of urban design, the New Urbanism; the networked city; and sustainable urbanism.

Sample reading list:
Friedrich Engels, The Housing Question
Ebenezer Howard, Garden Cities of Tomorrow
Frank Duffy, Work and the City
Le Corbusier, The City of Tomorrowand its Planning
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Frank Lloyd Wright, The Living City
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Every student is expected to keep up with readings on a weekly basis. In addition to a general discussion of the assigned readings at the weekly meetings, there will be oral reports on assigned subjects. Students are expected to be active participants in the class. Students will write a short outline, a draft and a final term paper of approximately 5,000 words on a topic approved by the instructor. Students will also submit a manifesto which will account for 25% of the grade.

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, although undergraduates will be given preference in enrollment.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22974 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Architecture Building   N107   Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed