GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012

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Courses taught by Neil Brenner

04115: History and Theory of Urban Interventions (HIS 0411500)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday Wednesday 11:30 - 1:00   Gund 111

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner

Course Description

This class provides a high-intensity introduction the history and theory of urban planning practice under modern capitalism.  Building upon an interdisciplinary literature drawn from planning theory and history as well as urban social science (geography, sociology, political science, history), we explore the emergence, development and continual transformation of urban planning in relation to changing configurations of capitalist urbanization, modern state power and sociopolitical struggle.  We also explore (a) the changing sites and targets of planning intervention, from the neighborhood, city and regional scales to those of the metropolis, national economy and beyond, and (b) the evolution of political and institutional struggles regarding its instruments, goals and constituencies.  The course is organized in three main parts.

Previously offered as 5101.


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05503: Neoliberal Urbanism, North and South (SES 0550300)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 318

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner, Diane Davis

Course Description

Urban development is shaped not only through planning and design strategies, but through broader processes of political-economic restructuring associated with the (il)logics of capitalism, modern state power and diverse forms of sociopolitical mobilization. This lecture course offers a broad overview of major approaches to the political economy of urbanization with specific reference to the forms of market-oriented restructuring and associated crisis-tendencies that have unfolded across the world economy since the 1970s. In addition to offering students a wide-ranging introduction to key topics in contemporary geographical political economy, the class will survey a variety of methodological strategies through which scholars have attempted to decipher the variegated forces shaping contemporary cities and city-regions under conditions of heightened geoeconomic volatility. These include contradictory forces of geoeconomic integration and fragmentation; an intensified financialization of investment processes; an ongoing reorganization of state institutional apparatuses, governance priorities, fiscal capacities and modes of spatial intervention; the widespread adoption of “austerity” politics and new forms of “fast policy” transfer to confront place-specific forms of crisis; and intensifying resistance from popular movements. After covering a variety of foundational readings on theory and method, and surveying some of the key positions in recent debates on neoliberal urbanism, we explore topics such as state restructuring, urban governance, the politics of housing, sociospatial polarization and mega-projects, and emergent social struggles over the “right to the city”. Throughout the course, we attend carefully to questions of local specificity and macrogeographical comparison, particularly across the North/South divide in the world economy.
 


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09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)

Architecture
Research Seminar - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner, Jana Cephas, Diane Davis, Gareth Doherty, Richard T.T. Forman, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Timothy Hyde, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Miho Mazereeuw, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Christoph Reinhart, Holly Samuelson, Andrew Witt, Allen Sayegh

Course Description

A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent study.


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