The Insecure Metropolis

Schools of Public Engagement: University Urban Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Insecure Metropolis

Spring 2021

Taught By: Emily Bills

Section: A

CRN: 9010

Credits: 3

This course explores how the built spaces of the modern metropolis have been linked to various experiences and expressions of anxiety, alienation, and control. We begin by tracing early interpretations of the industrial city as labyrinthine and fragmented, a locus of both discovery and invisibility that provoked radically new, but also conservatively historicist, incursions into the city fabric. Specific examples include Baron Haussmann's surgical reorganization of central Paris as a gesture of both antirevolutionary sentiment and hygienic intervention; postwar reconstructions in Europe, with reference to Alois Riegl's seminal essay on monuments as markers in the city, as agents of memory and national identity; and the debates surrounding the increasing privatization of place and civic resistance. We conclude by reviewing the history of the World Trade Center site and architectural, political, and ideological issues surrounding its reconstruction.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: University Urban Studies (UURB)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/10/2021