530 Alternative Urban Futures
The purpose of this course is to speculate about the probable and possible future of cities and urban society. Interest in the challenges cities face as a result of patterns of industrial urban development and increasing social and economic inequality have increased rapidly in recent years and play a major role in discussions about the future of urban areas. In order to systematically examine a wide range of issues that will impact the future of urban areas, this course is organized around two broad themes affecting the future of cities: (1) problems resulting from patterns of urban industrial development and (2) solutions to these problems that are within our reach. Each class session is framed by assigned readings and a set of questions designed to guide reading and in-class discussion for each session.