Urbanization, Sustainability, and Public Space

Parsons School of Design: Constructed Environments

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Urban, Sustain & Public Space

Spring 2018

Taught By: Ioanna Theocharopoulou

Section: A

CRN: 4825

Credits: 3

For the first time in human history, more than 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities. Aside from the increased need for housing, more urban dwellers will demand a right to public amenities such as water, food, sewage, and transportation. This seminar will ask what the fundamental shift from a predominantly rural world into an urban one will mean for the culture of cities, particularly in respect to issues of public space. How has the concept of public space changed during the last century and what are the public spaces -- or commons -- of the twenty first century? How will we learn to negotiate our access to the earth’s finite resources? What does “sustainability” mean in terms of urbanization? To consider these questions we will explore the relationship between sustainability and development, the environmental implications of urbanization, and the issue of resources, such as the production and supply of food. We will ask what are the political aspects of the rights to public space, such as the status of migrant workers in developing countries. We will use case studies from a variety of cities both from the North and from the emerging megacities of the South and will pay attention to the informal areas growing around these cities. In addition, we will seek to understand critically the ways in which some new ""sustainable"" cities such as Dongtan and Masdar are being designed and planned. Some of the questions we will consider include, what are ways that cities can be modified or redesigned to address sustainability? Who are the stakeholders in these issues? And what relations can be developed between public and private space?

Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper level undergraduate students with permission. Pre-requisite(s): none.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Constructed Environments (PSCE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

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: 10:32am 5/23/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: Parsons East 25 E13th

Room: 205

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