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Semester and Year FA 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1893
Section 001
Instructor Anooradha Siddiqi
Days W
Time 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Units 4
Level U
Foundation Requirement   GLOBAL


Same as ARTH-UA 550


Through a survey of forms and evolution of human settlement, planning, and design at the urban scale on the African continent, this course poses two central questions: what is “African” about the city and its forms, and what is "urban" about Africa? From Jenne to Cairo to Zanzibar to Lagos, we will visit “Africa” and “city,” as actualized and as imaginary, contemplating each through form in history, and through the relationship of each term to the other. The course aims to examine the constructions of each through the other, using the dynamic relationships between multiple subjectivities and spaces in specific cities at specific times to investigate the idea of urbanism and its stakes in Africa. Secondary literature and image-based primary sources for the course are structured around specific cities, built and constructed environments, aesthetically organized landscapes, and virtual and social spaces.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)