B.Arch, National College of Arts, Pakistan; M.Arch, McGill University; PhD, History and Theory of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Michigan
- 414Perspectives in History and Theory in Architecture - Architectures of Occupation and ResistancePerspectives in History and Theory in Architecture - Architectures of Occupation and Resistance
What does the architecture of buildings and cities tell us about systematic oppression and political control? What options for resistance exist in deeply entrenched spaces and structures of domination and dispossession? In this course, we will explore how the design of the built environment is shaped by social hierarchies and political agendas. In addition, we will examine how occupation and resistance are in constant flux, and how the dispossessed manage to find ways to act politically and resist strategies of domination through their everyday spatial practices and tactics.
The course aims to:
- demonstrate the relevance of architecture and planning perspectives to the study of power and resistance in modern society;
- signify the design of the built environment as not only a technical process, but also as a product of political motivations and social hierarchies;
- introduce tools needed to decipher social beliefs systems and political agendas underlying various architectural and planning schemes.
- 561Urbanism Themes and Case StudiesUrbanism Themes and Case StudiesTrace the history of ideas about the city - from antiquity to the present - through the cities which produced them. The course will take twelve cities as case studies and study their transformation and modernization through weekly lectures paired with selected readings from urban theory which emerged alongside their growth and change. The texts illuminate the varied and ongoing struggles all cities continue to wrestle with under pressures of rapid population growth, new technologies, and the need to become ecologically sustainable. The course articulates nuance and difference in place and culture; hoping to suspend -- for the duration of the course anyway -- the theory by some commentators that cities have become interchangeable: lost in the generic and ubiquitous nature of globalization, sprawl, and commercial capitalism.