END 494- Visions of the City

Course Details

Course No.: 23298

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2014 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 4

Meeting Day(s): T-TH

Meeting Time: 2:30PM - 3:50 PM

Faculty: Hess

Visions of the City is a student-run, faculty-directed seminar for students culminating their Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Design degree. The central purpose of PD494 is to read, reflect upon, and discuss books (as distinguished from journal articles or professional reports) on urban and environmental topics. The theme this spring, in keeping with the course title, is urban visions. We approach the theme from several viewpoints spanning classic visions, biographies of visionaries, and contemporary visions. Students will read full-length classic or contemporary works in the field both for immediate inspiration and motivation for lifelong reading. A goal of the course is for students to culminate the academic program having read, digested, reflected on, and been exposed to seminal works in urban planning and environmental design. The workload involves reading, writing, researching contextual materials on books (author, related events), and speaking both formally in book presentations and informally in class discussions.