RBST 6400 Architecture and the Contemporary City

This seminar will examine the relationship between contemporary culture, urbanism, and the practice of architecture, and how the changing conditions of the contemporary city provoke responses in avant-garde practices. Various topics (Freedom and Control, Place and Placelessness, Superficiality, Synthetic Landscapes, Formlessness, Voids, Automatic Urbanism, Dematerialized Urbanism, etc.) will be studied as a way of exploring the changing nature of the contemporary city and how political and social transformations generate theoretical discourses on architecture and the city. Referencing art, film, and cultural criticism, we will investigate a series of hypotheses concerning the current and future context of architecture.