MWF 9-9:55 AM.
Room 158, Campbell Hall
Office Hours 10-11:30 AM.
421 Campbell Hall, or by appointment,
Professor William R. Morrish


SARC 600- The Common Course

Glocal City Situations

Before disciplines of architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture and urban and environmental planning tackle the “inconvenient truths” of global urbanization, climate change, social equity, cultural diversity and memory, we have to learn how to engage the complex form and shape of the local/global city, or glocal city --- networked communities that operate culturally and ecologically simultaneously in both local and global realms.

  1. The term glocal city reflects the new reality that our cities operate simultaneously in parallel local and glocal daily realities. The biggest change is in a city's daily life, or meso-scale of urban living - a hybrid glocal urban landscape.

    The drawing (see main page) depicts a set of historic events and changing disciplinary agendas that are reshaping educational studies and recalibrating our professions in response to the dual reality and opportunities embedded in glocal city thinking.

    For example, in 1989, citizens armed with digital camers sent images around the world as they tore down the Berlin Wall or iron curtain that had split the globe into two superpower worlds. Its fall made vivid the urbanization vectors of advanced technological global digital PC networks accelerating nations and citizens into a world of virtual and terrestrial open borders. Meanwhile, scientific and design advances in ecological and networking protocols are reshaping the basic building roots of the four professions of architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture and urban and environmental planning.

  2. The term glocal city is a narrative scaffold and design framework used to describe the present-day working context within which the four disciplines now operate.

    In response, the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia and its four constituent graduate programs have implemented a number of research, educational and professional initiatives to integrate combined intellectual capital while enriching individual disciplinary foundations. This creative soft power of inter-disciplinary thinking has expanded professional work and research possibilities. Most importantly it reflects the School of Architecture’s mission to create productive and creative leaders or agents in a network of collaborating disciplines involved in setting the terms and making the spaces for a tolerant and cosmopolitan glocal city.

  3. The glocal city is a method of intra-disciplinary thinking and working that will provide a common ground from which to construct interpersonal networks and information resource platform to support future graduate study and professional work.

    This course sets the stage and helps give voice to the School of Architecture’s integrated graduate studies at the School. It is structured to introduce a way of thinking, conversing and sharing ideas and information across disciplinary lines. It uses a city case study and the presentation of faculty research and projects to illustrate various design setting terms and processes such that we can collectively utilize our skills, and creative energy to visualize and create with citizens those public things to translate information into civic narratives and a network of urban spaces for an emerging global cosmopolitan community audience.

Class Structure:

The course is structured into three parts. Each part will contain course material to be presented in lectures, discussed in section and explored in a semester long project incrementally producing a glocal city matrix -- composed of individual common course cards.