ENVI 311
North American Suburbs Spring 2010
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ARTH 311 / ENVI 311
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This course, with two morning and one afternoon (field) sessions weekly, details the intentions, built forms, and historical unfolding of that environment which now houses more Americans than either city or countryside. Among the topics to be studied are: seminal suburban communities in various regions of Canada and the United States; the quest for a rural ideal and the celebration of a tamed outdoors; the extent to which suburbs may be environments for child-raising, given the status of youth in modern societies; the successional patterns as farmlands, or estates, are subdivided (as with Dutch New York’s bouweries) and later may become part of central business districts; the kaleidoscope of architectural styles and revivals; the manner in which these communities may be products of their various linkage systems to a central place, or city; the degree to which they are increasingly centers in their own right, with attendant automobile-induced horizontality; and their unfolding historiography. For that historiography this seminar will scrutinize comparatively the work of such scholars or commentators as Scott, Copeland, Olmsted, Gottmann, Warner, Gans, Fishman, Kelly, Kennedy, Venturi, Binford, Rowe, Stern, Kenneth Jackson, Sies. Special attention, in the field, will be given to the suburban growth of Albany.
The Class: Format: seminar during morning sessions; site visits/discussion during afternoon sessions
Limit: 10
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly essays, field observations, occasional note-taking; all for publication; there will likely be an obligatory late spring Sunday-Monday study session to Montreal, under the aegis there of urban geographer David Hanna, Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none other than a slight preference to those who have taken ArtH 201
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 311 Division I ENVI 311 Division I
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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