Building the Modern City: The History of Urban Planning from 1850 to 1945
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NURB 3331
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Urban Studies
The impact of the Industrial Revolution on the rise of the modern city inspired many planners to rethink how urban spaces might be shaped to provide a more egalitarian metropolitan experience. These efforts motivated reforms in living conditions, inspired new types of transportation infrastructure, and spotlighted colliding attitudes toward urban or suburban living. This course explores such issues through a survey of the major contributions to modern city planning in Europe and the United States from about 1850 to 1990, paying particular attention to widely influential projects developed by key urban thinkers. Through discussions of lectures, posted images, and assigned readings, students become familiar with topics such as Grand Manner Planning, the City Beautiful, the Garden City, the modern ideas of Le Corbusier, Jane Jacobs’s counter to Corbusian design, and New Urbanism. Used to be NARH 3872.