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Fall 2014-2015
ARC 448 / URB 448 / LAS 448 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Las Ciudades del Boom: Economic Growth, Urban Life and Architecture in the Latin American City

Fabrizio Gallanti

The research course explores the consequences of the economic growth experienced in Latin America in the past 25 years on the social and spatial organization of cities. We will analyze how the modification of political systems and the parallel neo liberal restructuring of economy have impacted on the production of space. Critical analysis will consider the connections between new phenomena of urban transformation, renewed social articulations and the surge of responses from the design fields. Within the general frame of a contemptuous concept as "Latin America", the research course will explore for local differentiations and particularities.

Sample reading list:
Nestor Garcia Canclini, Hybrid Cultures. Strategies for Entering and Leaving
Felipe Hernandez, Beyond Modernist Masters. Contemporary Architecture
Mariana Leguía, Latin America at the Crossroads
Thomas Skidmore, Peter H. Smith, James N. Green, Modern Latin America
Victor Bulmer-Thomas, The Economic History of Latin America Since Independence
Un-Habitat, State of Latin American and Caribbean cities.
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Each week students will be asked to divide readings among themselves for discussion in the seminar. Three assignments will teach students how to access and analyze various resources relating to the study of the growth of Latin American cities. Students will then use this knowledge to create a case study of a specific instance of growth in a city for their final project.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 10%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
24190 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:3 Limit:15