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Arch 179 - Special Topics in the History of Architecture
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Rethinking Suburban History Architecture 179 279X Professor Margaret Crawford mcrawfor gsd harvard edu Tuesday 9 30 12 30 Room 104 Wurster Hall Office Hours Wednesday 9 30 12 30 362 Wurster Hall Course Web Site TBA Recent historical research about American suburbs demonstrates that they are much more varied and complicated than previously imagined Descriptions of the suburbs as a generic environment are no longer convincing We are now aware of African American working class industrial and agricultural suburbs Continuing exurban development is currently producing phenomena as different as gated communities ethnoburbs lifestyle centers and restructured rural towns With more than half of the U S population now residing outside of central cities even the name suburb implying dependence on a central city must be questioned This seminar will examine using both scholarly and popular explanations the economic social and cultural debates that have shaped our interpretation of this form of urban development Topics will include the following defining the suburb metropolitan region vs shrinking city the historiography of the suburb cultural representations of suburbia films novels comics popular music and video comparative exurban development zwischenstadt citta diffusa etc race and the suburbs gender and the suburbs suburban building and planning typologies designed vs vernacular suburbs and exporting suburbs Students will be expected to conduct original research on a suburban topic of their choice Format Although the seminar is organized around reading and discussion there may also be several short lectures or slide shows Each week several students will be assigned to pose questions based on that week s readings and select images to illustrate them There will also be short typology and representation assignments Books Nicolaides and Wiese The Suburb Reader and D J Waldie Holy Land are required texts They are available at Ned s Bookstore A selection of basic literature on



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