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Designing the Future City

Semester and Year SU 2012
Course Number ARTS-UG1620
Section 001
Instructor Donna Goodman
Days Mon,Wed
Time 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


Session II: July 2-August 10.


The 20th century city was transformed by several technological eras. The Machine Age, the Automobile Age, the Space Age, and the Information Age were among the important trends. Each innovation inspired new urban visions, such as Howard’s Garden City, Wright’s Broadacre City, Archigram’s Instant City, and Fuller’s Domed Manhattan. Films like Metropolis, Brazil, and Blade Runner provided critical visions. None of these designs produced real roadmaps for the future, but each contained interesting ideas. In the 21st century, architects and planners entered a new Environmental Era that introduced alternative energy, infrastructure, design, and planning to support sustainable development. This workshop explores new techniques in green architecture, landscape, art, and urban planning through films, readings, and lectures on cities worldwide. Using New York as a prototype, it also examines the evolution of urban transportation, land use, and social and environmental planning. Students develop several types of projects, such as the design of a green structure or roof terrace; planning analysis of a park or neighborhood in maps and diagrams, or a photographic essay on an urban issue. No experience is necessary, but students will need drawing tools and a camera.



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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

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