Each year the H+U+D initiative sponsors (1) an undergraduate Gateway Course that introduces the multidisciplinary study of cities, (2) two undergraduate City Seminars, one devoted to a North American city and the other to a city overseas, which examine the city in a detailed, multidisciplinary way, (3) a mixed undergraduate/graduate Anchor Institution Seminar, which examines the activities of one of the Philadelphia institutions that reflects and serves the city’s diverse population, and (4) a graduate Problematics Seminar, co-taught by Design and SAS humanities faculty, on a topic that grows out of the collaborative work of the H+U+D Colloquium.

ARTH 270-401 / URBS 276-401: The Modern City


Fall 2019



A multi-disciplinary study of the European and American city in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Emphasis is placed on the history of architecture and urban design; political, sociological, and economic factors also receive attention. This year the class considers the development of London, St. Petersburg, Washington, Boston, Paris, Vienna and Philadelphia.


David B. Brownlee, Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor, History of Art (SAS), with guest lectures by Professors Eugenie Birch (City Planning, Design), Annette Fierro (Architecture, Design), Andrea Goulet (French, SAS) Sophie Debiasi Hochhäusl (Architecture, Design), Dominic Vitiello (City Planning, Design), and others tba.


Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 11 AM – 12 PM

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