How Architects and Planners Improve Our Built Environment

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David Butler Stewart  DAVID BUTLER STEWART 
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Spring Semester  /  Recommended semester:3,5,7

Outline of lecture

This regularly held seminar analyzes both historical and contemporary case studies in building and city planning. Language of instruction is English and weekly Thursday morning attendance is strongly encouraged.

Purpose of lecture

The approach is both theoretical and visual. It should appeal to architectural, social engineering, or urban planning students. (However, interested students from any field are most welcome and there are no special prerequisites.)

Plan of lecture

01: 11th April
Becoming aware of one窶冱 surroundings: Moving Rocks. How a glacier pushed a boulder to a place near you.

02: 18th April
Frederick Law Olmstead: Designing the C-19 and C-20 American Landscape

03: 25th April

04: 2nd May
Back to the Future: Bruges...

05: 16th May
As well as Venice

06: 23rd May
Rome Resplendent: I

07: 30th May
Rome Resplendent: II

08: 6th June
The Rise of the North

09: 13th June

10: 20th June

11: 27th June
Features of the C-18 Built Environment

12: 4th July
Features of the C-19 Built Environment

13: 11th July
America Again and the Birth of the Skyscraper

14: 18th July
The C-20 City

15: 25th July
The C-21 City

Textbook and reference


Related and/or prerequisite courses

The course involves a certain amount of reading preparation but is otherwise based on active participation. We hope to discover and theorize ways in which building and 窶忖rban design窶 can make for a more satisfactory life experience in today窶冱 cities worldwide.


Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation in discussion, occasional written exercises, and your own PPT/ equivalent presentations on assigned or chosen topics.



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