RBST 641 Urban Analysis + Design

The urban fabric, as a historical, collective form of architectural expression, is an integration of cultural artifacts and infrastructure: aesthetic, technological, environmental, social and political forms and systems that when overlaid, become a representation of the ideological structures of the societies that build and reside in them. This course will initially trace the history of the modern city as a backdrop to the investigation of contemporary urban positions that have emerged in the latter half of the 20th century including Archigram's nomadic cities, Venturi and Scott Brown's Las Vegas, Koolhaas's Delirious New York, Tschumi's Manhattan Transcripts, Eisenmans Cities of Artificial Excavation, and more contemporary examples such as the artificial landscapes of the Netherlands by West 8 and the IFCCA proposals for Manhattans west side.