Mobility & Territory
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLDS 4027
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Urban History, Theory & Criticism
  • Architectural History, Theory & Criticism
  • Global Studies
This course examines the mutual impact of human mobility and territory, with special emphasis on urbanism and architecture. We will examine case studies from the second half of the twentieth century to draw out spatial problems at local and global scales. For example, the redrawing of territorial maps during and following numerous wars has gone hand-in-hand with the acceleration of human displacement. New technologies and industries have emerged to address this reorganization of space and human life. The city, particularly the mega-city, has evolved as the vehicle for the expression of all these aspects. Students will investigate these concatenated frameworks in the course through lectures, shared readings, and independent research. Pathway: Spatial Design Studies
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.


Open to Undergraduate students.