Civic Imaginaries: Urban Commons

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Non-Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

UTransLab Civic Imaginaries

Fall 2019

Taught By: Nidhi Srinivas and Eduardo Staszowski

Section: A

CRN: 7370

Credits: 3

This course studies cities and alternative visions of who they serve and who has a right to them. We are especially interested in views of the city as a space for sharing, for commoning. The first half of the course engages with the potential of such an urban commons, by pursuing questions of inclusion, equality and dignity within urban settings. Class readings engage with wealth, race and inequality, through a series of conceptual walks through cities, from urban theory, literature, films, and critical theory. Students then work with each other on two exercises. In the first exercise they develop a conceptual model of the urban commons (that is, ways that people cooperate with one another in sharing urban resources). In the second exercise students plan and undertake their own urban walk, fleshing out their model, and providing locally grounded examples of how it works. In the final part of the course students then pursue a project, based on an imaginary or real example, that pursues their own urban vision. The course concludes with student presentations of these projects.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

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: 8:10pm 8/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 502

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019