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Fall 2012-2013
* LAS 402 / SPA 407 / ARC 402   na, npdf

Latin American Studies Seminar - Architecture as a Mechanism of Social Inclusion

Gian C. Mazzanti Sierra

Architecture as a mechanism of social inclusion investigates the processes that are transforming urban structures, in particular the public and common spaces. Latin America has become an urban laboratory of unique living experiences, becoming a scenario to look into new solutions for contemporary challenges. We will begin with a broader study that explores the characteristics behind the informality and urban plans, understanding the stories behind the new forms of city development, the related forms of democracy and governance in the Latin society; together with the power of architecture as a mean to transform social realities.

Sample reading list:
Various, Testify! The consequences of Architecture
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The exercise to be developed in the class will be an analysis and design of an urban strategy for a particular Latin American situation. This will be nourished through the various readings and will be presented as a combination of drawings and writings along the semester. The final proposal will involve the varied set of actors that were learnt and will propose an option to participate in the creation of space within the new economic and political Latin milieu.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Other Exam - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Recommended that student has previous understanding of urban realities. The course will be taught in Spanish, therefore it is mandatory to understand and speak the language. The readings must be done in Spanish. Discussion can be conducted in Spanish, English or both..

Other information:
The course will be taught in Spanish. The course will be developed as lecture/discussion sessions. Students expected to work in groups comprised of students from different academic backgrounds.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21373 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:9 Limit:25