Designing New York City

Instructor: Matthew Clarke
Fridays, 10:00 AM – 12:40 PM
Modality: Hybrid Synchronous
Macaulay Classroom: TBD
Course Code: MHC 355

Designing New York City will give students an understanding, through first-hand experiences, of why New York City was designed as it was. Drawing from the disciplines of architecture, planning, preservation, and policy, the course will introduce key texts, visit important sites across the city, and meet the practitioners who are shaping the city of tomorrow. It will take an expansive, humanistic approach towards these topics, bringing in concepts from diverse sectors—the arts, activism, economics, technology, health, and others—to understand how and why one of the world’s most captivating cities emerged over time. In doing so, the course will also recognize the disparities and inequities of cities through lenses of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, among others. Students will be asked to imagine how their own trajectories have shaped the city already and how they might continue to be positive agents of change in the future.