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Spring 2018-2019
* ARC 492 / URB 492 / ENV 492   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in the Formal Analysis of the Urban Structure - Environmental Challenges of Urban Sprawl

Mario I. Gandelsonas

As part of the search for solutions to climate, water and energy challenges in a rapidly urbanizing world, it is crucial to understand and reassess the environmental challenges and potential of the exurban wasteland. This interdisciplinary course aims to add theoretical, pragmatic and cultural dimensions to scientific, technological, and policy aspects of current environmental challenges, in an effort to bridge the environmental sciences, urbanism and the humanities focusing on the transformation of the Meadowlands, the large ecosystem of wetlands, into a State Park.

Sample reading list:
C. Fishman, The Big Thirst: Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
A. Townsend, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers
T. Morton, Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics
J. Rifkin, The Third Industrial Revolution
M. Gandelsonas, X-Urbanism, architecture and the American City
M.Gandelsonas, P. Tidwell, Garden [City] State, Slow Infrastructure for New Jersey
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In the first half of the semester, we will focus on the discussion of readings and exploratory assignments with an emphasis on mapping. In the second half, students will begin to develop their final projects which will be centered on specific mappings of urban infrastructure, of building typologies and urban morphologies characteristic of the Meadowlands.

Design Project - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Reserved Seats:
Open to COS Concentrators Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41532 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Architecture Building   S118   Enrolled:17 Limit:20