Great Cities: From Poland to Portugal

Discipline: Art History
Instructor: Chunko
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1045
End: 1200
Field Work: Day 4 - Lisbon, Tuesday, 24 June | Portugal Download Syllabus

Simply stated, this course will explore how the cities we will visit came to take their current form.  But the very terms of this bear explanation.  As J. Mordaunt Crook asks: “What exactly is a city?  A geographical accident?  A defensible unit?  A glorified trading post?  A communicational node?  A cultural symbol?  A focus of power?  A multiple art form?  Or simply a state of mind?  A city is in fact all of these things and more…”  Similarly, Spiro Kostof has observed: “Urban form is never innocent of social content: it is merely the matrix within which we organize daily life.”  Starting from such broad definitions, we will attempt to understand how the complex interweavings of aesthetic and social goals came to dictate city planning and design.

Field Work

Country: Portugal
Day: 4 - Lisbon, Tuesday, 24 June

Our class will explore the urban fabric of Lisbon and consider it in light of our first Kostof reading on how the city redeveloped following the devastating earthquake of 1755 and how it has continued to expand and renew as an urban center. Through a tour of the City of Lisbon Museum with its model of the pre-earthquake city and a walking tour of the city itself we will develop our understanding of Lisbon’s changing history. We will examine the extensive fabric of the city, considering the many stages of its complex history in light of the key features of urban design discussed in class.  Each student will write an extended journal entry on site as we visit and discuss the city.  We will work on developing these into site analysis essays during our writing workshop when we return to class. This entry will be part of your overall learning portfolio and our work on site and in class will provide a model for the four essays you will write independently during the semester. Your field lab work will be evaluated according to the class engagement and participation criteria listed above and as part of your learning portfolio. Academic Objectives:   1. Understand the urban history of Lisbon 2. Develop analytical skills for studying urban fabric throughout the voyage