This course explores the development of the city and city planning from 1900 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939. This was an era where modern ideas, technologies, and politics came together as planning and cities were dramatically reshaped by planners (as opposed to previous eras, where the place-makers had been architects and designers). Spatial planning is born—the marriage of physical form (architecture and design) with social, cultural, economic, and environmental aspects. The 1920s and 1930s produce a flurry of utopian ideas and visions, but darkness approaches as political divisions and extreme ideology plunge the world into conflict. The suburb is a new urban form, stretching cities in new ways.
This course is approved for .75 AICP CM credit.