This seminar explores recent urban transformations in deindustrializing city-regions and interrogates the agency of the design and planning disciplines in these processes. Through the critical examination of relevant texts and built and unbuilt projects, the course includes a range of approaches to the study of urban phenomena addressing the repurposing of civic infrastructure and public space, the reintroduction of productive uses, approaches to urban adaptation and resilience, improvisational, temporary citizens-led regimes of occupation and shared ownership, and the role of experimental, programmatic and prototypical interventions to project alternative, more just urban futures.
The course has a hybrid structure, part seminar and part workshop. Classes are structured to provide a dynamic learning structure integrating lectures, readings and discussions, software tutorials, desk critics and presentations of students’ work. During the semester, students will: (1) read and discuss texts from distinct scholarly fields of inquiry; (2) learn from and contextualize the relevance of projects and case studies; (3) engage in conversation with guest lecturers about their work; and (4) develop thematic cartographies and project proposals integrating critical approaches to previous assignments.
Tue 6:00-9:00pm 2210 A&AB