ARCH 5550 Contemporary Urban Cultures


This course aims to scrutinize the relationship between the built environment and society, with a specific focus on how the “traditional” notions of the city, with its historic or planned center, community life, and the succession of private and public spaces, are being challenged today. By introducing critical theories, histories and practices of contemporary architecture and urbanism, it resituates the city not only as a physical entity but also as an intellectual and social construct. In doing so, it invites students to rethink locality, place and identity in the age of postcritical, neoliberal and digital currents that have significantly transformed cityscapes on a global scale.

ARCH5550 Course Syllabus