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Faiza Moatasim

Assistant Professor

B.Arch, National College of Arts, Pakistan; M.Arch, McGill University; PhD, History and Theory of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Michigan



Related Links: Informality Materialised: Long‐term Temporariness as a Mode of Informal Urbanism

 
Currently Teaching
  • 414
    Perspectives in History and Theory in Architecture - Architectures of Occupation and Resistance
    Perspectives 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.

     

     
  • 561
    Urbanism Themes and Case Studies
    Urbanism Themes and Case Studies
    Trace 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.
     
 
Related News
07/19/18
Faculty Spotlight: Faiza Moatasim
Faiza Moatasim will be joining the USC School of Architecture this fall as an Assistant Professor teaching urbanism and urban design. Professor ...
05/21/18
USC Architecture Adds Two New Faculty
USC Architecture has hired two new faculty members that will start in the fall semester. Faiza Moatasim will be joining the USC School of ...