Cities and Cultures



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            This course explores the ways in which physical environments shape and are shaped by social life. It examines the relationship between (urban) space and culture in different historical and social settings, though there will be a particular focus on the modern city in Europe and America. We will discuss how social divisions and distinctions are expressed in urban forms. We will also consider different varieties of public space and the patterns of social interaction promoted or inhibited by them, as well as the cultural meanings that they embody.

            We will examine these themes in relation to different types of city - pre-modern, modern and newly emerging forms such as the "edge city", the global shopping mall, and the city as a theme park. We will also discuss the future of the city in the electronic age. Are we entering an urban civilization "without the city"?


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