New York: Design & the City

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

New York: Design & the City

Spring 2018

Taught By: Ethan Robey

Section: A

CRN: 7085

Credits: 3

The built environment of New York has always been more than physical objects; it has become a set of cultural narratives. A building or a neighborhood might inspire artworks, or claim a social significance far beyond its utilitarian function as an office tower, theatre or apartment house. This course will survey the history of the physical city of New York as it shaped and was shaped by the city's cultural history, from the 17th century to the present, with an emphasis on the mid 19th to mid 20th century. We will discuss the architectural history of the city, but also ways in which the building and street plans themselves reflect the cultural aspirations of their builders. We will look at major decorative arts manufacturers and designers based in the city and considering patterns of patronage, stylistics, and engagement with urban space. The course will also deal with patterns of cultural institution building in the 19th and 20th-century city; and how artists and designers used, or didn't use, the city as subject. Classes will focus on such topics as the conception of the urban grid; parks and class structure; the city as spectacle; civic sculpture; and the cult of the skyscraper.

Open to: All university graduate degree students

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 15

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: 8:23pm 6/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:00pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/24/2018 - 5/9/2018