Fall 2021

ARC 342R (00900) ARC 388R (01195) CRP 392C.2 (01630) 

T 2-5pm

Planning history often focuses on utopias, reforms, and precedents, and design history on the superlative and the avant garde. This course looks instead at changing norms: how the ordinary environment was ordinarily produced, and by whom. Its focus is the United States from the early 19th to the late 20th century.

Course objectives:

  • gain familiarity with the history of American urban development in terms of material culture, cultural landscapes, and environmental history; in terms of process as well as product;
  • learn the historian’s methods: constructing narrative based on evidence from primary sources
  • learn to consume historical narrative critically