11.302J / 4.253J
Urban Design Politics

Examines ways urban design contributes to distribution of political power and resources in cities. Investigates the nature of relations between built form and political purposes through close study of a wide variety of situations where public sector design commissions and planning processes have been clearly motivated by political pressures. Lectures and discussions focus on specific case studies of twentieth-century government-sponsored designs carried out under diverse regimes in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Prerequisites: permission of instructor