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Fall 2018-2019
POL 403 / CHV 403 / ARC 405 / URB 403 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Architecture and Democracy

Jan-Werner Müller

What kind of public architecture is appropriate for a democracy? Should public spaces and buildings reflect democratic values - such as transparency and accessibility - or is the crucial requirement for democratic architecture that the process of arriving at decisions about the built environment is as participatory as possible? Is gentrification somehow un-democratic? The course will introduce students to different theories of democracy, to different approaches to architecture, and to many examples of architecture and urban planning from around the world, via images and films. Might include a field trip.

Sample reading list:
Richard Sennett, The Spaces of Democracy
John R. Parkinson, Democracy and Public Space: The Physical Sites of...
Chad Freidlich, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (film)
Lisa Keller, Triumph of Order: Democracy and Public Space in New York...
Michel Foucault, Space, Power, and Knowledge
Michael Wise, Capital Dilemma: Germany's Search for a New Architecture...

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 200 pages per week. Two papers during the course; final take-home exam, or a research paper after consultation with the course instructor.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Offered as part of the Values in Public Life Program of the Center for Human Values.

Reserved Seats:
Open to POL Concentrators Only 6

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21924 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M        Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed