HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 002 Imagining Urban Landscapes: The Development of City Spaces
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets 1/15/09-3/19/09. (Drop/Add deadline=1/28/09.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Urban landscapes have an incredible power to capture our imagination. Cities can be much more than simply a collection of roads, sidewalks and buildings. Instead, cities can be seen as the culmination and symbol of societies’ greatest achievements in design, prosperity and the creation of communities. However, at the same time, cities can lead to the destruction of our natural spaces, the isolation of people, and the perpetuation of socioeconomic inequality. This course will attempt to examine the theoretical considerations of urban planning and also the practical applications and problems that are a part of urban design. Issues such as sustainability, transportation, politics, segregation and urban farming will be discussed and shown how they are all inextricably linked to one another.

The class will culminate with first, a case study of Detroit. The various aspects of Detroit’s rise and fall and current revitalization attempts will be looked at. Then in groups, students will synthesize concepts from the course in order to imagine their own “ideal city.”

In addition to discussion, classes will include video clips, slideshows and interactive activities. Students should come prepared each week to engage in lively discussion and have had their readings completed.

No prior knowledge of urban design, history and/or planning is required.

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
6LSA Hnrs Y1
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Ethnicity meets January 28 through March 18.
002 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Imagining Urban Landscapes meets January 15 through March 19.
003 (SEM)
4LSA Hnrs Y1
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Questions of Travel meets January 15 through March 5.
004 (SEM)
2LSA Hnrs Y1
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Pop Culture Environmentalism meets January 13 through March 24.
005 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs Y1
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Cultural Perspectives on Global Health meets January 26 through March 23.
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