The City through the Body

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The City through the Body
Spring 2023
Taught By: Barbara Adams
Section: A

CRN: 13791

Credits: 3

The cultural theorist Siegfried Kracauer claimed, “one’s body takes root in the asphalt.” This course begins with that claim to explore sensuous encounters in and with the city. Smells, sounds, visions, textures, and tastes mark cities as environments that cultivate hedonism, pleasure, and desire. How do bodies and senses order space and configure experience? How do we ‘make sense’ in and through urban environments? If we take cities as sensory sites, what are some research strategies we can use to explore the relationship between bodies and cities? The course provides a framework for exploration of various understandings of cities, bodies, experience, and the senses as presented and expressed in social theory, art, film, music, and literature. Using a transdisciplinary perspective, students are encouraged to experiment with creative approaches to understanding unique and diverse embodied, urban experiences. We address collective and individual bodies and the associated politics engaged and activated by subjective and social configurations.

Open to: All university upper-level undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 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: 11:26pm EDT 5/31/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 705
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023