GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013

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Courses taught by Diane Davis

05502: Urban Governance and the Politics of Planning in the Developing World (SES 0550200)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday Wednesday 2:00 - 3:30   Gund - Gropius

Diane Davis

Course Description

This course starts from the premise that politics and governance arrangements will both enable and constrain effective urban planning action. Using a focus on cities in the developing world, the course examines an array of governance structures (centralized versus decentralized states, local versus regional versus national authorities, participatory budgeting, etc.) and political conditions (democracy versus authoritarianism, neoliberal versus corporatist versus leftist party politics, social movements) that are relatively common to cities of the global south. In addition to assessing the impacts of these structures and conditions on urban policy formation and implementation, we also ask which governance arrangements and political contexts are more or less likely to produce equitable, inclusive, and sustainable cities. The course not only aims to develop student comprehension of key concepts and debates in the field, including those relating to state autonomy and capacity, the connections between decentralization and democratization, and the trade-offs between legitimacy and efficiency; it also uses case study materials to document the conditions under which authorities have been able to finesse politically charged or institutionally bounded terrains in the service of effective planning action. Among the wide array of urban policy domains to be discussed, special attention is paid to transportation, housing, informal vending, and mega-project development, with most examples drawn from Latin America, South Asia, and East Asia. There are no prerequisites for the course. Evaluation is based on several short writing assignments and in-class presentations.

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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 0 credits

Diane Davis, Eric Howeler, Iñaki Abalos, Frank Apeseche, Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Joan Busquets, Jana Cephas, Ed Eigen, Rosetta Elkin, Andreas Georgoulias, Michael Hooper, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Alex Krieger, Judith Grant Long, Yanni Loukissas, David Mah, Rahul Mehrotra, Panagiotis Michalatos, Toshiko Mori, Mark Mulligan, Erika Naginski, Antoine Picon, Peter Rowe, Holly Samuelson, Allen Sayegh, Jorge Silvetti, Christine Smith, Maryann Thompson, Raymond Torto, Charles Waldheim, Bing Wang, Andrew Witt, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cameron Wu, Neil Brenner

Course Description

Students may take a maximum of 8 credit units with different instructors in this course series.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Candidates may arrange individual work focusing on subjects or issues that are of interest to them but are not available through regularly offered course work. Students must submit an independent study petition and secure approval of the faculty member sponsoring the study.

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