World Cities

Discipline: Architecture
Instructor: Boeschenstein
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 14:30
End: 15:45
Field Work: Day 1 | England Download Syllabus

What qualities define great cities? Why are they engaging places today, often centuries after their formative periods? What qualities are unique to each and common to all? Are these qualities relevant today as we plan and design communities? These are some of the questions this course will explore. Using extensive illustrations, each session will focus on a great city (London, Paris, Barcelona, Rio, Mexico City, et al.), featuring its physical and design characteristics. Discussions will emphasize a city’s formative period(s) and current issues and how it relates to, if not influences, others around the world, including those on our itinerary.
Special Requirements:
Each student should have a digital camera to photograph sites for journal and paper. –Moleskine Folio A4 Plain Notebook (12” x 8.5”) –Mechanical Pencil –7mm lead size, HB weight –Rubber Eraser — white, smooth such as Staedtler

Field Work

Country: England
Day: 1

London, once a pre-historic settlement, then a Roman encampment, prospered as a medieval city only to be destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. It quickly rebuilt but in a radically different way. Residential squares, parks, and terrace (row) housing filled the rolling countryside west of the old district known as the "City." Students will study the consequences of this transformation. Starting at the Museum of London overlooking remains of the old Roman wall, students will view displays from prehistoric to contemporary times, including a recreation of the Great Fire. Students then will walk through the "City" where a few remaining old buildings, such as St. Paul's Cathedral and the Guildhall, serve as landmarks and the new high-rise buildings of Britain's financial district line narrow streets built during medieval times. Taking London's Underground transit west, students will arrive in Belgravia, the most refined example of London's Georgian period of expansion. Here tree-filled parks, graceful crescent streets, and orderly rows of houses--reactions to the medieval patterns of the "City"-- comprise a town-planning model that has influenced cities throughout the world.