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Spring 2017-2018
ARC 312 / URB 312 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Technology and the City: The Architectural Implications of the Networked Urban Landscape

Andrew Laing

The seminar explores the implications of technologically networked cities for architectural programming and the design of spaces and places, including: 1) how information technology is reshaping the nature of architectural programming and our ideas of spaces, places and community; 2) how programs for spaces, buildings, places, and the city are being transformed by the increasing mobility, fluidity, and "blurring" of activities in space; and 3) the history of ideas that shape our understanding of technology and urbanism, programming and architecture: the networked global city; the sentient city; smart cities; big data; and hybrid places.

Sample reading list:
Michael Batty, The New Science of Cities
Antoine Picon, Digital Culture in Architecture
Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel, The City of Tomorrow
Mark Shepard, The Sentient City
Anthony Townsend, Smart Cities, Big Data, Civic Hackers
Mike Crang and Stephen Graham, Sentient Cities, Ambient Intelligence

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to assigned readings, there will be reviews and discussions of multiple short case studies prepared by students throughout the semester. Students will write a short one-page outline of a paper, then a substantial draft, and a final paper of 4,000-5,000 words on a topic of their choice. In the final few weeks of the semester, students will work in groups to create propositions for the future city that draws from the theoretical exploration of the seminar.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to undergraduates and graduates with priority in enrollment given to undergraduates..

Other information:
Other: The propositions for the future city activity will account for 25% of the final grade.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43346 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:7 Limit:15