Course Guide: 2003 Syllabus

SECTION 1: REMEMBRANCE AND REDEVELOPMENT: Planning the WTC Site

Week 1

Jan 21: Creation of World Trade Center Proposals

Assignment: WTC area redevelopment articles

- New Yorker, Jan 6, 2003 62-69. “Designing Downtown” Paul Goldberger
http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?030106fa_fact1

- NY Times, January 1, 2003 ARTS, “Architects Criticize Ground Zero Publicity,” Julie V. Iovine
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/01/arts/design/01ARCH.html

- In addition, you can see the 9 current plans online at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation Web site http://www.renewnyc.com/

Jan 23: Visit to Winter Garden to Examine and Assess the 9 Ground Zero plans

Assignment: Write up WTC Assessment

Read “The Value of Community - Review of Rudy Bruner Awards Program and Publication by Liane Lefaivre, in New Village: Building Sustainable Cultures, Issue 1, 1999.
http://www.newvillage.net/1valueofcomm.htmlFor Thursday: “Here is New York” and Rybcyznski, chapter 1 & 2
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SECTION 2: METHODOLOGY

Week 2

Jan 28: WTC Plans - Discussion Wrap up

Discuss “The Value of Community”

Film: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

Jan 30: In Class writing and Class Discussion of “Here is New York” and Rybcyznski

Chapter 1 and 2

Discuss Metrotech design

Discuss project

Week 3

Feb 4: Assignment:

“Starting to Look” and "Clues" from Alan Jacobs, Looking at Cities: (handout)

R. Shibley, The Bruner Case Study Approach (handout)

Read one of the following 2 articles on case studies (handouts)

“The Case Study as a Research Method”

Michael D. Myers: Qualitative Research in Information Systems Section Editor

Feb 6: Assignment:
Poem: HeartBeats, Melvin Dixon

RBA Case Study - “The Times Square”

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SECTION 3: HISTORY

History & The American Immigrant experience

Week 4 Feb 11: theatre/music: Introduction to Street Scene – music, stage sets, story

Assignment:

RBA Case Study - Lower East Side Tenement Museum

RBA-"What Was Learned About Excellence"

Feb 13: Maxine Hong Kingston Excerpt from The Woman Warrior
Movie: La Cuidad
Week 5

Feb 18: No Class

Feb 20: Paule Marshall “From the Poets from Kitchen”

Isaac Bashevis Singer “The Cafeteria”

Rober Caro “The Power Broker”, Chapter 37 (“One Mile”) & 38 (“One Mile - Afterward”)

History & Urban Change and Design:

Week 6

Feb 25: Urban Renewal

City Life Chapter 3 and 4

Urban Renewal: Baron von Haussman and Baudelaire

Feb. 27: New Urbanism & Smart Growth

Assignment:

“The New Urbanism” by Michael Pyatok, FAIA , New Village, Issue 2, Spring 2000 Community Scale Economics http://www.newvillage.net/2newurbanism

“The Science of Smart Growth,” Donald Chen, Scientific American, Dec. 2000

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SECTION 4: ART & RESTORATION:

Week 7

March 4: “Sonny’s Blues” and Jazz, the Quintessential American City Art

March 6: RBA-Village of Arts and Humanities
               RBA-NJ Performing Arts Center

Week 8

March 11: Artistic Collaboration and Renewal in the City

Leger/ Milhaud and Cendrars Creation du Monde

March 13: RBA Project Row House

Strom, E. (1999). Let’s put on a show. Journal of Urban Affairs, 21 (4), 423-435.

--------- March 18 & 20 Spring Break ---------

NATURE

Week 9

March 25: The Pastoral Tradition: The Rake’s Progress/ The Harlot’s Progress

Hogarth/ Stravinsky/ Auden/ Kallman – Art and Music/ 18th and 20th Century

March 27: RBA- NYC Greenmarket
                 RBA-South Platte River

Bibliophilia - Read one of the following

Spirn - Granite Garden - chapters 1-3

Week 10

April 1: Walt Whitman “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”

Olmsted Article

RBA – Harlem Meer

April 3: Prof. Phillips Walking Tour of Central Park

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SECTION 5: CITY PEOPLE: Connections/ Disconnections

Week 11

April 8: Dennis Hopper Paintings/ “Bartelby the Scrivener”

April 10: Taipei Stories TBA / Multiplicity in the Post Colonial City: Hanoi/ Saigon

Stanley Milgram “The Experience of Living in Cities”

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SECTION 6: CRIME, DANGER, APOCALYPSE

Week 12

April 15:

RBA - Maya Angelou Homes

RBA - Harbor Point

Assignment:

"Defensible Space: Deterring Crime and Building Community"

Jane Jacobs - Chapter 2 “The uses of sidewalks: safety”

April 17: German Expressionism in Art and Music

Edvard Munch/ Excerpts from Brecht/ Weill Three Penny Opera/ Mahagonny

Week 13

April 22: After Apocalypse: Hiroshima Stories

WTC Status Update

April 24: Theater and The City: Excerpts and Full theater piece TBA—Discussion

----------------------------Class Performance in the City----------------------------

Week 14

April 29: In Class Project Time/ Wrap Up

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GROUP CASE STUDY PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

(at the Scheduled Final Exam – date/time TBA)