Skip over navigation

Course Offerings

Course Evaluation Results

Course Details

Spring 2016-2017
ARC 321 / ART 329 / AFS 300   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Landscapes of Development

Ayala Levin

This research seminar examines the relationship between architecture, resources, and territory in 20th century modernization projects in the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Africa. We will explore the conditions in which architecture has become a tool of development (a concept which we will address critically), and the functions it assumed in the ordering and managing of labor, natural resources and industry.

Sample reading list:
James Scott, Seeing like a State
Arturo Escobar, Discourse and Power in Development
Timothy Mitchell, Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity
Chris Sneddon, Coleen Fox, The Cold War, the US Bureau of Reclamation
Phoebe Cutler, The Public Landscape of the New Deal
Felipe Correa, Beyond the City
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings for class, a short draft (5-7), and an extended final paper (10-12 pages) on a selected case study, group project for an exhibition, including class presentation, original texts, research and analysis (40%).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

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

Other information:
The seminar will conclude with an exhibition composed of students' research into a selected group of historical and/or contemporary projects. A symposium and an online publication will potentially follow.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43326 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W        Enrolled:6 Limit:20