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Spring 2014-2015
* ARC 449 / HUM 449 / URB 449 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Making Sense of the City

Johana Londoño
Mariana Mogilevich

This course starts from the premise that to engage the spatial politics of cities of the Americas, we must engage with the senses. We will ask how vision, affect, and smell shape our understandings of and connections to urban space. And conversely, how different spaces condition our sensorial experiences. Employing the critical, interpretive and theoretical knowledge of the humanities, we examine how these sensorial markers of belonging in urban spaces relate to and expand social markers of citizenship, political boundaries, gender, class, race, and ethnicity.

Sample reading list:
Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/ La frontera
Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism
Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life
Henri Lefebvre, The Urban Revolution
Michael Taussig, What Color is the Sacred
Teresa Caldeira, Imprinting and Moving Around: New Visibilities

Reading/Writing assignments:
From a provided list students will choose a place in the Americas to examine in relation to the three units of the course. The student will then begin their semester-long exploration and identify the artists, architects, practitioners, experts, residents and/or communities that produce this place and explain the social, political, and economic implications of their sense exploration. On the final day of each unit students will present independent research on thematic case study.

Design Project - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42987 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Architecture Building   N104   Enrolled:3 Limit:20