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ARCH 409 – Urban Fragments: The Americas


From Buenos Aires to New York, the cities of the New World have been sites of speculation and experimentation, as idealized utopias, techno political dreams or revolutionary enclaves of resistance. The developmentalist policies of the post war and the totalitarian governments of the 1960s and 1970s led to political turmoil, rural migration, and uneven investment. We discuss the main cultural, economic, and political discourses that affected the Americas in the twentieth century and the responses or reactions they prompted in the urban and architectural realms. By comparing these responses as a series of case studies, the course assembles a modern history of North, Central, and South American cities as a network of shared and reciprocal influences.


Tue,Thu 11:30am-1:00pm 210 TAP


Ana María León