Course meets during the first seven weeks only, First Class: Sept. 5; Last Class: Oct. 19.
Walking is an integral part of the urban experience. The course explores the relationship between the city and the urban dweller at the level of the sidewalk. Through the class, we will unpack texts by city wanderers such as Alfred Kazin, Philip Lopate, E.B. White, Walt Whitman, and Colson Whitehead, while learning about topics such as wayfinding, mental mapping, walkability, place identity, restoration, crowding, noise, stress, and perceived safety through data-driven research studies. Together the class will go on walking tours, reflect on pedestrian experiences, and use ethnographic tools to analyze public parks and plazas. Students will develop and narrate a walking route that incorporates theory and phenomenological experiences.