Brief description of the course:
During the course each student will read texts from a wide proposition offered to them. Each student will make a written critical analysis of the text and will evaluate the author’s contribution to the urban thought and their influence on the current urban debate. Throughout the course each student will deliver a public presentation of the text and its critical evaluation which will be followed by a debate in the group. This will promote a multi-faceted approach to urban issues and help develop a critical and open view on urban reality.
This founding course will enable students to learn through reading, writing and discussing the key issues of urban studies in order to develop a good critical view on the urban development and to implement this vision into the students’ urban and technological projects. The suggested readings will address multiple areas, such as city economy, sociology, history, technology, philosophy, art, urban planning, design, activism, politics, etc.. The texts will generally be contemporary, incorporating authors from the mid 20th century to the present.