ARH 635: Contemporary Urban Theory

ARH 635: Contemporary Urban Theory

Course Description

This course examines contemporary urbanism and its social, cultural and legal framework. This course explores the organization of the city reviewing historic examples and studying the city as an array of events that create multiple urban territories.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to:
    • Develop a critical stance regarding the evolution and transformation of the contemporary American city
    • Develop an understanding of the social, political, legal and economic forces that shape cities worldwide.
    • Employ a language of comparative analysis of urban practice both through verbal and written articulation
    • Develop a critical response to specific urban conditions and illustrate the concepts in design
    • Develop a series of arguments that explain the cause and effect of our current state of urbanism
    • Analyze elements in the existing public realm as a base of future interventions
    • Develop and exhibit an awareness of the value, significance and elements of place in the urban environment