Urban Theory and Practice

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Urban Theory and Practice

Spring 2020

Taught By: Joseph Heathcott

Section: A

CRN: 7312

Credits: 3

Urbanists face a peculiar challenge: to study the very thing that surrounds us from day to day. Like a fish in water, we struggle to describe the medium in which we swim. Theory is the apparatus that helps us describe that medium. This course considers the city through the apparatus of urban theory. To do this, we must grasp the first rule of urbanism: every city is both real and imagined. The city is at once a place of real stuff--concrete, brick, asphalt, land, bodies; and at the same time a dreamscape, haunted by ghosts of the past, apprehended through manifold imaginaries, described in discursive and poetic terms, and constantly remade by aspirations large and small. In grappling with this axiom, we will ask four overarching and intertwined questions: how do we make the city (the material question); how do we imagine the city (the ideological question); how do we understand the city (the epistemological question); how do we experience the city (the phenomenological question). Each of these questions, moreover, intersects with crucial modes of analysis, including the temporal, the spatial, the scalar, the relational, and the representational. We will pay particular attention to the application of theory to real-world conditions and problems. At the end of the course, students will reckon the state of the field by posing a final question: do urbanists only borrow from other disciplines and fields, or has 'the urban' produced theory in its own right?

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:37am 9/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm



Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020