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Thaisa Way
L ARCH 498
Seattle Campus

Special Projects

Special projects as arranged. Open to nonmajors.

Class description

Over half the world lives in cities. Climate Change is a grand challenge of the 21st century. Urban landscapes offer a dynamic palimpsest of the cultural, economic and political experiences and aesthetic values as well as the ecological systems and networks.

How do we engage and address the complexities of cities and the environment, culture and nature, past and future?

Urban environmental histories engage social, ecological, economic, and cultural histories to develop narratives of the cities we live in.

This course considers how urban environmental histories are shaped and produced, through the lens of seven American cities and their histories.

Students will engage in reading, mapping, and research as we consider urban histories globally and as they inform American cities. We will explore intersections of history writing and representation via maps, drawings, and films.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

discussions, workshops

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Thaisa Way
Date: 12/01/2012