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Fall 2014-2015
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 works will be discussed each week. We will critically evaluate their relevance and significance for architecture now. Topics include: modernism, technological futurism, density, the new urbanism, the networked city, landscape urbanism, and sustainable urbanism.

Sample reading list:
Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York
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 discussion of the assigned readings at the weekly meetings, there will be occasional group exercises. 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 work in groups on 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
23199 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Architecture Building   N107   Enrolled:11 Limit:15