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 571/CPLN 572: Modern Architectural Theory – Urbanism


Fall 2021


W.E.B. Du Bois, The Seventh Ward of Philadelphia (detail)


A survey of the diverse literature of urbanism from the late eighteenth century to the present. The discussion of broadly representative authors and original texts will be emphasized. Students will be responsible for introducing one day of class discussion with a presentation (and bibliographic handout) during the previous week and for three written assignments: 1) a short “observation” essay, due Oct. 28; 2) a one-page final essay proposal and ten-minute oral presentation, due Dec. 2; and 3) a ten-page final essay, due Dec. 22.


David B. Brownlee,  Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor Emeritus, History of Art (SAS)


Thursdays, 1:45-4:45, David Rittenhouse Lab 2N36