ENVI 316
Governing Cities by Design: the Built Environment as a Technology of Space Fall 2023
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ARTS 316
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Like in the classic era, cities of the 19th century were metaphors for government: good government could not exist without good governance of the city. This creative seminar charts the transformation of the built environment (architecture and urbanism) as a technology of space to govern cities and citizens from the mid-19th century until the present. Through debates and case studies across geographies and historical timeframes, we will analyze how regimes of government shape and are shaped by the built environment. The seminar has a studio component that consists of an urban project where students will apply theories and approaches to a real case study using digital art (2D and 3D modeling).
The Class: Format: seminar; Because this seminar is cross-listed with ARTS, there is a studio component (short assignments and final project)
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 1289
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active presence in class discussions and presentations, willingness to experiment, contributions to a collaborative seminar/studio environment, quality of work, depth and quality of the investigative process.
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or instructor permission
Enrollment Preferences: Envi majors and concentrators, Studio Art majors
Materials/Lab Fee: $300-$450 lab fee charged to term bill. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 316 Division II ARTS 316 Division I
DPE Notes: Using theoretical perspectives from urban studies, this seminar/workshop explores how the built environment, as a technology of space, contributes to the production of difference, the establishment of certain regimes of power, and the erasure of specific urban histories--mainly those of underrepresented groups. Students will engage in multimedia place-based projects to imagine and create more equitable built environments.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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