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

Spring 2014