Fall semester only; M 7:00–9:30pm, Anderson Hall, room 210

Urbanism has already moved into uncharted territory. Resource scarcity, species extinction, rising seas, and weird weather bring a unique and unprecedented set of specifications to the city. Urban design has an unfamiliar and indispensable role to play in finding solutions to these problems, a role that has yet to be fleshed out. What is known, however, is that speculation is the order of the day, speculation grounded on the legacy of the modern urban project as well as the city that we presently inhabit. Today, building a viable future goes far beyond sustaining the status-quo, it requires the imagination of alternative urban futures. While these are early days, it nonetheless falls on the present generation of designers to imagine alternative models of urban existence despite the fact that they cannot be fully envisioned. In the end, this sort of work is not new, we have just become unaccustomed to it. An ancient philosopher speculated that “whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing, for the known way is an impasse.” Open to architecture students only, seniors and above.

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