Course: Architecture and Urbanism in the Modern World

HC 232H

Professor: Ocean Howell

This course will examine society and culture of the modern world through the study of architecture and urbanism. In order to account for changes to the ordering of physical space, one must account for changes to the ordering of the broader society. Accordingly, we will be using buildings and cities as a lens through which to investigate transformations in political systems (like the emergence of democratic nation states), in economic structures (like "globalization"), and in social systems (like class and race relations). The course will focus on Europe and North America, but will also consider the architectural expressions of imperialism. Students will engage with primary sources like architectural drawings, reportage, travel narratives, city plans, and design treatises, among other materials.