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ARCH 603 – Architecture and Capitalism


This seminar considers architectural practice’s relationship to capitalism (and in particular to what Cedric Robinson called “racial capitalism”) through the histories of materials, property, and labor. While we will necessarily need to attend to larger time frames and geographies, our focus will be on select cases in the United States, Greater Caribbean, and Atlantic World in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first third of the class will be a mixture of lectures and discussions that ground terminological and historical issues, and the last two thirds will be devoted to reading recent books such as Hannah Appel, The Licit Life of Capitalism: US Oil in Equatorial Guinea (2019); Sarah Lopez, The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA (2015); and Adam Mandelman, The Place with No Edge: An Intimate History of People, Technology, and the Mississippi River Delta (2020).


Class Instruction Mode:  Online

Tue 1:00-4:00pm


Bryan Norwood 


Course Brief

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