Interpreting Cities and Spaces: Ways of Looking
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NARH 2800
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Architectural History, Theory & Criticism
  • Urban Environment
  • Urban History, Theory & Criticism
Description:
To fully experience and understand city life, one must see the richness of urban shapes and spaces. This foundational course examines cities and spaces through the prism of the eye, focusing on the interpretation of visual representations of change and continuity in the context of urban history and urban theories. Through images, graphics, maps, photos, films, and paintings, the layers of shapes, spaces, cultures, functions, and symbols condensed in the contemporary city are explored. Visual examples are found in Barcelona, Mexico City, and New York City. In consultation with the instructor, students, working individually and in groups, select themes and approaches in different cities, applying categories of urban analysis and visual representation to understand the historical origins of contemporary urban challenges and expectations for the future. Students learn to recognize categories of visual representation and analyze landscapes, infrastructures, and architecture.
Course Open to: Degree Students