ARTS 316
Governing Cities by Design: the Built Environment as a Technology of Space Spring 2023
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ENVI 316 / 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 relationship between city and government became more critical after the unprecedented dynamics of industrialization and urbanization disrupted European cities in the first half of the century. This 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 and urban political ecologies.
The Class: Format: seminar; The course is divided into four sections: Modern and Modernist Cities, Colonial and Postcolonial Cities, Contemporary Global Urbanism, and Urban Lab.
Limit: 18
Expected: 15
Class#: 3981
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class discussions and presentations, short writing assignments, final creative project on a case study: text and graphic narrative (role-playing), design project, visual essay, website, reportage, podcast, or zine.
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or instructor permission
Enrollment Preferences: Envi majors and concentrators, Studio Art majors
Materials/Lab Fee: Costs will vary, but should not exceed $200-$350. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Distributions: Division I 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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