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ARCH 509 – Infrastructure and Power


We rely on infrastructure, yet hardly see it. Only when infrastructure breaks down do we begin to ask what it is, where it comes from, and who has access to it. Nevertheless, in the end, we are still eager to make infrastructure disappear again. But what and where are the politics of infrastructure? If we have the right to the city, do we also have the right to infrastructure? How has history shaped and conditioned our relationship to infrastructure? To engage with these questions, we will discuss highways, buildings, power grids, smart sidewalks, social and environmental justice, urban politics in the Global North and the Global South, unpleasant design, concrete, water, thing theory, the Whole Earth Catalog, maintenance, and crafting. 



Fri, 8:30 - 11:30am 2222 A&AB


Vyta Pivo

Plan Your Future
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning