Paris and the Idea of the Modern City

This seminar examines the role Paris has played in the birth and development of the idea of the modern city as seen through the multiple perspectives of architecture, art, culture, urban design, and technology. Among the issues and problems to be critically reconsidered are the spatial organization of daily life, the relationship between architects, engineers, and administrators, the creation of new infrastructural networks and systems, the demands for representational expression, the tensions between center and periphery, and the impact of new social, economic, and political forces.Offered jointly with the Department of History of Art and Architecture.