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A46 ARCH 563EUrban Theory & Cities in Latin America3.0 Units
Description:This course proposes to explore the relationship between urban theories and the spatial construction of the city by using a number of Latin American cities as case studies. Some of the theories that will be examined here have been proposed as a way of reading and explaining the form, structure and functioning of existing cities. Others have been put forward as models for the planning of new ones. In one way or another, all of these urban theories have influenced and shaped the form and structure of our current cities and our abillity to conceptualize them. The urban theories and cases reviewed will span from the colonial city to the contemporary metropolis and urban region. The disciplines from which this course will draw upon will include urban planning, architecture, geography, urban sociology and anthropology. The scope of this course is intentionally broad and diverse as it aims to reflect the multitude of factors that are involved in urban phenomena. Some of the themes that will be examined include the Spanish and Portuguese Colonial City; planned cities in the nineteenth century (the case of La Plata); modernization in Latin America; modernism and planned cities in the twentieth century (the case of Brasilia); the 'favelas' in Brasil and 'villas miseria' in Argentina; postmodernism and globalization in urban studies; urban fragmentation in the contemporary metropolis (using the cases of Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires), and the debate on the sustainable urban form. The aim of this course is to provide a forum in which to discuss general theories and issues in urban thought, using primarily the cases of the cities that students will visit and experience first-hand over the course of the program. This course fulfills the Urban Issues elective requirement.
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