Urban History 1: Configurations of the City from Antiquity to the Industrial Revolution

History/Theory

Spring 2013

Daniel Sherer, instructor

Conceived as a series of interconnected, in-depth case studies starting with ancient Athens and ending with modern New York, this course traced the development of the European and American city from classical antiquity to the Industrial Revolution. Focusing on the configuration of architecture in urban space, it followed the evolution of the city through a complex series of exchanges between typological, morphological and topographical factors. Though Western cities provided the main focus of the lectures, comparative material on a global scale was adduced to further the urban and architectural analysis.