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Fall 2020 Architecture UN3502 section 001
URBANIZING CHINA

Call Number 00684
Day & Time
Location
MTWR 1:10pm-2:25pm
To be announced
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Nick R Smith
Type LECTURE
Course Description This course investigates the dramatic urban transformation that has taken place in mainland China over the last four decades. The speed and scale of this transformation have produced emergent new lifeways, settlement patterns, and land uses that increasingly blur the distinction between urban and rural areas. At the same time, Chinese society is still characterized by rigid, administrative divisions between the nation’s urban and rural sectors, with profound consequences for people’s lives and livelihoods. The course therefore examines the intersection between the rapid transformation of China’s built environment and the glacial transformation of its administrative categories. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to this investigation, using perspectives from architecture, history, geography, political science, anthropology, urban planning, and cultural studies, among other disciplines. The course is divided into two parts: Over the first five weeks, we will consider the historical context of China’s urbanization and its urban-rural relations, including the imperial, colonial, and socialist periods, as well as the current period of reform. In the remainder of the semester, we will turn our focus to contemporary processes of urbanization, with a particular emphasis on the complex interrelationship between urban and rural China. This portion of the semester is organized into three two-week units on land and planning, housing and demolition, and citizenship and personhood.
Web Site Vergil
Subterm 10/26-12/14 (B)
Department Architecture @Barnard
Enrollment 38 students (60 max) as of 8:36PM Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Subject Architecture
Number UN3502
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Note This course does not require an application.
Section key 20203ARCH3502W001

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