Ways of Looking: Interpreting Cities
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NURB 2000
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Urban Studies
- Architectural History, Theory & Criticism
- Visual Culture
To fully experience and understand city life, one must see the richness of urban shapes and spaces. In this foundational course, we examine cities and spaces through the prism of the eye, interpreting visual representations of change and continuity in the context of urban histories and theories. We explore the layers of shapes, spaces, cultures, functions, and symbols condensed in the contemporary city through graphics, maps, photos, films, and paintings. Visual examples are found in Barcelona, Mexico City, and New York City. Working individually and in groups, in consultation with the instructor, students select themes to examine in different cities, employing 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, infrastructure, and architecture.