URP 595– Gender, Architecture, and Urban Space
Course No.: 22442
Department: Urban and Regional Planning
Location: Diefendorf – 207
Meeting Day(s): Wednesday
Meeting Time: 2:30PM - 5:10PM
What role do gender and sexuality play in the theoretical understanding and concrete experience of architecture and urban space? This seminar investigates the significance of gender and sexuality in the production, use, and representation of architectural and urban spaces; within the historiography of architectural and urban history; and in determining spatial justice—how access to space based on gender and sexuality advances or erodes human and civil rights. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on new research in the fields of architectural history, urban studies, queer theory, geography, social history, and film theory. Topics include women’s spatial interventions in imperial Berlin, the gay geographies of New York; the professional image of male and female architects; women as architectural patrons; and the role of technology in gendering architectural spaces and practices. The goal of the course is to open up new ways of thinking about the interrelationships among architecture, urban space, the body, and gendered and sexual identities.