Writing About the City

Parsons School of Design: School of Constructed Env.

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Writing About the City
Fall 2023
Taught By: Paul Goldberger
Section: A

CRN: 15844

Credits: 3

This seminar course will look at both the history and the practice of writing about cities, using texts as a way of understanding cultural attitudes about cities, both in our time and over the past two centuries. There will be special attention given to architecture criticism, but the course will by no means be limited to writing about buildings; we will also look at important essays and works of history and even novels, memoirs and poetry that in a meaningful way illuminate the city, the buildings contained in it, and the life lived within it. Some of the writings will be highly personal; others will be more general, but what they will share is a belief that the architecture of the city is more than a backdrop to human life—it is a defining element in it. There will be several short writing assignments as part of the course.

Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper-level undergraduate students with permission.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Constructed Env. (SCE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 10

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 10:52am EST 12/1/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1003
Date Range: 8/30/2023 - 12/6/2023