It’s called The Architect and the City. Each week we focus on a specific architect who decided that he could solve the problem of the city. There are a lot of egos in architecture, as I’m sure you’re aware.
These were all kinds of individual architects, starting at the end of the 19th century, who were going to solve the problem of the city. The idea behind the course is that we have a text that was written by the architect, who’s explaining what he thinks that he’s doing, and then we look at the model that the architect has developed and then we discuss it. The students also developed comparisons between one of our historical models and a Ukrainian project.
They get from this course familiarity with certain important urban models of the 20th century. So when they go to talk to a colleague in Spain or Japan, they find a common language there through these well-known models.
The class was in English, and it’s really hard to read in the second language. You’re struggling both with the comprehension of the language and also comprehension of the topic, the depth, the plot. But the students did wonderfully.
They also learn from this course about how to make an architectural argument, an urban argument, and how that argument then results in some sort of urban form. We have a class blog, basically, and they have to write little reading responses to the blog. And then the discussion is well set up.