ARTH 266: Planning Utopia: Ideal Cities in Theory and Practice

Instructor: Baird Jarman
Art History
Spring 2012

Viz City as Organism/Machine Webpage
Course Description
This course surveyed the history of ideal plans for the built urban environment. Particular attention was given to examples from about 1800 to the present. Projects chosen by students greatly influenced the course content, but subjects that received sustained attention included: Renaissance ideal cities, conceptions of public and private space, civic rituals, the industrial city, Baron Haussmann's renovations of Paris, suburbanization, the Garden City movement, zoning legislation, Le Corbusier's Ville Contemporaine, Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City, New Urbanism and urban renewal, and planned capitals such as Brasília, Canberra, Chandigarh, and Washington, D.C.

ARTH 266 Syllabus (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 28kB Jun6 11)

Exhibition Assignment

Exhibition Project: As a class we installed an exhibition in the large white space of the Weitz Center for Creativity. This exhibit opened during tenth week and remained on display through graduation weekend. Approximately half the course was devoted to researching, writing and organizing this exhibit. A great deal of group work was required, necessitating many tight scheduling deadlines in order for all the group work to cohere in a timely fashion. Students selected material and wrote labels for an exhibition in the Weitz Center.

Exhibition Labels