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ARC 322DIS Race and Place in the Built Environment


This course introduces students to the ways that historical conceptions of race and place have impacted the shape and design of our built environment. It examines the critical influence of race science on the civilizational narratives that were used to determine the meaning and content of 19th century American architecture. It also traces the effects of these racial discourses on domestic interpretations of African, Asian, and Latino building traditions. Students will review the tools that American architects have used to represent the social and cultural values of different racial and ethnic groups, from the Victorian houses of New England towns to the campus planning and design strategies of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over the course of the semester, students will complete writing assignments that challenge them to interpret the many ways that the racial politics of the past continues to shape the design, structure, and character of today's built environment. Despite moving beyond the tenets of scientific racism, the social construction of racial identity still exerts a palpable influence on new patterns of residential segregation, voting districts, land-use patterns, and material investment in (or disinvestment from) in the public sphere. This course is the same as END 322.

Credits: 3
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Typically Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Junior/Senior Standing. Sophomores with >45 credit hours earned may be eligible for enrollment by permission of the instructor.
Published: Oct 13, 2020 13:33:43