The Urban Imagination in Global Arts and Media (Gen Ed 1077)



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Julie Buckler

Cities are one of humankind's most richly complex inventions and can best be understood through both creative and critical thinking. Offered in connection with a Mellon-funded initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, this course invites you to join an interdisciplinary investigation of the urban form and fabric, socio-cultural life, and artistic representation of five iconic cities: Boston, Berlin, Moscow, Istanbul, and Mumbai, as well as the special case study of Łódź, Poland. We will treat literature, film, and photography alongside cultural history, experiment with urban fieldwork, and use digital tools for mapping and curating virtual exhibitions.