Introduction to City Planning 1: Ancient Times to the Modern Age (7,500 BC to 1900)



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This course explores the development of the city, and city planning, from ancient times (7,500 B.C.) up to the birth of the modern city and the official birth of planning as a practice and school of study (late 19th century). This journey travels from the 'first' city, Catal Hayuk, through some of the great ancient cities of the world, Angkor, Tenochitlan, Rome, and Athens, and concludes in Manchester’s factories and Chicago’s railyards. Students will learn about key developments, innovations, and debates in early planning, such as how to deal with sanitation and public space; the advent of the boulevard and the grid of streets; and the dramatic and, in some cases, violent urban transformation of the industrial revolution. We will overview the birth of reform movements and the ways that “planning” began to bring architects, politics, writers, theorists, and social activists together into a coherent discipline, practice, and field of study.

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