ARTH 244
City, Anti-City, and Utopia: Town Planning from 1500 to 1800 Spring 2018
Division I
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The Italian Renaissance gave us our modern conception of the ideal city, whose geometrically regular form was both symbol and instrument of a perfectly ordered society. This alluring notion has preoccupied artists and theorists from Michelangelo and Thomas More to Albrecht D├╝rer and Christopher Wren; it achieved tangible form in such new capitals as St. Petersburg and Washington, D.C. But the West has remained characteristically ambivalent about the city, especially in the United States, an ambivalence reflected in persistent attempts to decentralize the city (Frank Lloyd Wright), to beautify it (the City Beautiful Movement), reshape it (Urban Renewal) or abandon it (suburbanization). This course looks at the roots of those movements, and the development of urban and anti-urban thought from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution. Topics include Renaissance fortification design, the colonial cities of the New World, the picturesquely landscaped English garden, and the separatist societies that sought to create communal utopias in the wilderness.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 45
Expected: 30
Class#: 3645
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: one paper (10-20 pages) and a simple design project, weekly study questions and a final exam (weighted respectively at 30, 20, 20, and 30% of the grade)
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors
Distributions: Division I

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