Archaeology of New York

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Archaeology of New York City

Spring 2020

Taught By: Allyson McDavid

Section: A

CRN: 6888

Credits: 3

In this course, we will examine New York City’s past for lessons in its ongoing design and planning transformation. While tracing its urban development will certainly involve the study of prominent construction milestones, we shall similarly address the evolution of other interventions along the social and political spectrum, including the phenomena of adaptation and reuse, gentrification, climate change, population density, and the centralization of power. An archaeological approach will be used to examine the growth of the material and social landscape of the city’s neighborhoods: the transformation of a once-forested Mannahatta, the provision of transportation, water and communications infrastructure, cultural and resource management, and social mobility. From swampland to farms, from industrial enclaves to starchitecture, as well as demographic change, New York's material legacy will be informed by the social, economic, and political history that shaped it. Students will view the city’s present and anticipate the trajectory of its future through the lens of its social and material past. This study of NYC is ideal for students of design, history, and the social and political sciences. Combining on-campus studio and seminar sessions with class excursions to various sites and neighborhoods, students will propose a project on future intervention in the city that will require close study of a particular aspect of its past. This project may be studio-based or textual in nature, with submission of a final design project or written paper.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 9, 2020 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*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: 5:26am 6/4/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1106

Date Range: 1/27/2020 - 5/11/2020