11.S951
Urban Citizens

Aristotle wrote that a city cannot be composed of people who are similar; it is a more complex environment. A city is composed of people who differ but who need one another. Our seminar explores what politics follow from urban complexity, and particularly about the roles modern technologies play in these politics.  Because the Sensible Cities Lab is now working with the United Nations on a project about urban climate change, Sessions 5 and 6 will focus on the consequences for urban citizenship of this massive environmental change.

The seminar will consist of six discussions, framed and introduced by us. Students will complement the debate through guided group discussions in the classroom, based on curated readings.We will discuss and frame the dimensions of citizenship in our modern societies while exploring their evolution and roles in history. Our discussions then will project the coming challenges for democratic practices in future cities. Members of the seminar will be asked to write a paper by the end of term.

Given the complications of scheduling, we will meet in 3 pairs of sessions during the autumn. Individual meeting can be arranged with Richard Sennett, though these need to be built around the scheduling of the MIT – UN project.

Session 1 - The Urban Citizen
Class Dates: 10/09/2019
Class Hour: 4:00-6:00 pm
Room: 9-450A

Session 2 - The Citizen’s Body
Class Dates: 10/10/2019
Class Hour: 12:00-2:00 pm
Room: 9-450A

Session 3 - Inequality and the Urban Polity
Class Dates:11/26/2019
Class Hour: 4:00-6:00 pm
Room: 9-217

Session 4 - Democracy in Built Form
Class Dates: 11/27/2019
Class Hour: 12:00-2:00 pm
Room: 9-217

Session 5 - The Citizen and Climate Change
Class Dates: 12/05/2019
Class Hour: 4:00-6:00 pm
Room: 9-451

Session 6 - The Future City:Mitigation vs. Adaptation
Class Dates: 12/06/2019
Class Hour: 12:00-2:00 pm
Room: 9-451