Liquid Cities: Reimagining Urban Waterfronts and Waterways
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Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2280
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Environmental Studies
- Global Studies
- Urban Studies
Water has always been the lifeblood of the city. The 21st century, with its emerging threats of climate change and a rising sea level, presents most if not all of our great urban centers with unprecedented questions about their sustainability and survival; as a result, urban waterworks, waterfronts, and waterways have all assumed a critical importance. Drawing from four interdisciplinary New School programs--Global Studies, Urban Studies, Urban Design, and Environmental Studies--this course investigates the complex connection of cities and water systems, with a particular focus on the way the "edge" of the waterfrontcity can be both a boundary and a center, essential for commerce, transport, development, and ecological resilience. New School faculty and visiting lecturers will take an interdisciplinary approach to local, regional and global topics and initiatives, including the strengths and weaknesses of New York City's water and sewer systems and efforts to clean its most contaminated waterways, the politics of land reclamation and waterfront development here and abroad, containerization and the global geography of transport, the representation of the waterfront in art and media, and the social and political impact of climate change and natural disasters. Field trips and collaborative projects will be required elements of this course.
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students