Infrastructure for the New Social Compact
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5417
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • International Affairs
  • Urban Studies
  • Social Sciences
This course will address design and social science research and practice on urban infrastructure for the last 20 years in the context of cities facing the root shock of Hurricane’s Sandy and Katrina, and the momentum of massive human migration into cities like Lagos, Nigeria strip away the everyday veneer of social and ecology safety that many of us take for granted. Hyper urban situations not only take lives and force others into long term daily suffering; they reveal society’s negligence to recognize the significance of maintaining and updating infrastructure as basic necessity to daily civil society operations. The traditional logistics based infrastructure approach to building city systems needs to expand its basic practies to recognize the future urban infrastructure is a social and ecological network which is: 1. A cultural repository of diverse cultural memories and future hopes; 2. A composite of interdependent services and support systems that form the threads of the local safety net; 3. A generative process of creative management between civic actors renewing and distributing equitably the local common wealth; and 4. A creative cloud of economic invention and ecological productivity. Infrastructure Cases Studies Through lectures, readings and guest lectures, the course will investigate four various global city infrastructure situations—urban case studies that will help provide greater detail and practices to the four infrastructure performance criteria outlined above. The four city situation categories and example locations are the following: A. Post-Capital Project: New York, New York, and European Union Cities B. SMART City: Portland, Oregon, IBM/CISCO Rio de Janerio, Brazil, and Chinese Cities, C. Civil Society: Medellin, Colombia and Johannesburg, South Africa D. System “D”: Lagos, Nigeria and Detroit, Michigan
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions