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Spring 2015-2016
* URB 385 / SOC 385 / HUM 385 / ARC 385 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Mapping Gentrification

Aaron P. Shkuda

This seminar introduces the study of gentrification, with a focus on mapping projects using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software. Readings, films, and site visits will situate the topic, as the course examines how racial landscapes of gentrification, culture and politics have been influenced by and helped drive urban change. Tutorials in ArcGIS will allow students to convert observations of urban life into fresh data and work with existing datasets. Learn to read maps critically, undertake multifaceted spatial analysis, and master new cartographic practices associated with emerging scholarship in the Digital and Urban Humanities.

Sample reading list:
Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class
David Ley, The New Middle Class and the Remaking of the Central City
Neil Smith, The New Urban Frontier
Suleiman Osman, The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn
Lance Freeman, There Goes the `Hood
Todd Presner, David Shepard, and Yoh Kawano, Hyper Cities

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two maps, one created using data collected in the field and the other using preexisting datasets, both to be completed in groups; two papers providing a critique of each map and an analysis of how it supports or conflicts with existing theories of gentrification.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Design Project - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Statistical, design or other software use required

Multimedia Student Project Required

Other information:
Previous experience in GIS is not required.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43810 S01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Architecture Building   N104   Enrolled:12 Limit:20