Building the Modern City: The History of Urban Planning from 1850 to 1945
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NURB 3331
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Urban Studies
  • Architecture
The impact of the Industrial Revolution on the rise of the modern city inspired many architects and 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 and 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 1945, 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 and Garden City movements, Camillo Sitte’s “artistic city,” and the modernist strategies of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Used to be NARH 3872.
Course Open to: Degree Students