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A46 ARCH 561DContemporary Urbanity and Urban Public Spaces3.0 Units
Description:The seminar will review and discuss how the construction of the contemporary public urban space has developed from late XX c. to the present and considers possible future developments. The reinterpretation of the use of the public space and its dynamics will be the focus point of the seminar which will incorporate a wide variety of perspectives while following the international debate and discourse of public space and using St Louis as a case study of how low-density urban configurations figures into the global conversation. The seminar will proceed in a multilayered approach including the following fields: Historical emerging concepts of public space, the shifting and diffused boundaries between urban and non-urban environments; physical and geometrical magnitudes and accountable parameters (scale, density, economic, social and politic statistics.); other non-apparent / non-physical conditions Relevant case studies will be introduced as examples of possible strategies able to produce celebrated qualified and diverse public spaces, along with a review of examples taken from other cities. A comparison of mutual effects with contemporary American cities using St Louis as reference. A close look to the particular performance of the city of St Louis and its pulses of contemporary urbanity and its shared spaces will introduce the debate into the local circumstances. The case study work will use graphic (mapping) and written techniques but also trough the detection of the local agent's debates about urban activities. The educational objectives of the course are to provide tools and basic knowledge to understand, analyze and propose contemporary public spaces as well as to develop the capacities to distill the various elements that compose urbanity, and to recognize the interactions between them.
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