(my apologies, this post is in progress)
Iris Marion Young (1949-2006) Professor of political science at University of Chicago - plurality of social groups, “community” often homogenizes people, class, race, and gender bias in democratic process, “Marilyn Fyre likens oppression to a bird cage”
Ruth Fincher (Present) Professor of geography - justice in the city
Kurt Iveson (Present) Urban geography at University of Sydney - nature of inter-subjective relationships among urban residents, exploring
June Manning Thomas (Present) University of Michigan professor - race and social justice, minority planner
Susan Fainstein (Present) Senior research fellow at Harvard GSD - the just city
Karen Umemoto (Present) - code-switching, community-led
Dolores Hayden (Present) American professor and urban historian at Yale - gender and the city, sprawl
William H. Whyte (1917-1999) American sociologist, urbanist, writer - public space, street life
Tim Love (Present)
Margaret Crawford (Present) - redefining public space, Everyday Urbanism
James Scott (Present) American professor of political science at Yale University -
Nan Ellin (Present) - terminology
Leonie Sandercock (Present) Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver -
Saskia Sassen (Present)
- Understanding of public (public interest, private interest, public good,
private sector, public space)
- po-po (SPUR)
- influence of social media: Top 10, Yelp
- Project for public spaces
- what makes public space successful? (diversity, people, light, water,
trees, dappled light, range of scales, movable chairs, food vendors,
- Pedestrian malls
- William Whyte, social life of public spaces
- Fred Kent, PPS, lighter-quicker-cheaper
- Jay Appleton, refuge-prospect
- Christopher Alexander, a pattern language
3. Modernism v. Post-Modernism
- Pro: clear, streamlined, expression of materiality
- Con: authority, rational planning, exclusionary, efficient, minimalism,
future without the past
- Pro: double coding, dualism, irony, juxtaposition, simultaneous,
diversity, history, inclusion, ornament, signage, spectacle, pluralism,
- Con: gaudy, fake, Disney-like, appearance of pluralism/diversity of styles
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
Steven Christensen UG4 studio
Wallenberg Studio Award Winter 2010
The Geography and History of the Canada-US Border Explained
1. Professor Campbell’s Planners Triangle
- Can planners easily combine their two goals of sustainability and social
justice? Or do they remain conflicting urgencies ?
-Do we believe too much in spatial determinism to promote sustainability?
- Can suburbs be sustainable? Sustainable for whom?
- How do balance/reconcile growth and conservation?
- Myths about suburbs
- Suburban influence on public/private realm
- Stages of suburbs: classic, mass, technoburb
- Dangers of designing in plan (rather than section, axon, diagram,
- What is the role of regional planning?
Professor Campbell mentioned this is class.
Detroit’s Segregation Wall
In 1940, the wall was the city’s solution to protecting housing values and credit worthiness of white residents.
"Competition for housing and jobs between white and blacks was widespread in the city’s boom years. Many blacks had moved into the area in the 1920s and 1930s because there was so much vacant land - a far cry from the overcrowded, unpleasant conditions in the two black enclaves near the city center. But a lot of white housing developments started spreading north as well and ‘pushing up against this black enclave on the far edge of the city,’ says Jeff Horner, a lecturer in Wayne State University’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
By 1940, the gap had closed. A developer of a proposed all-white subdivision managed to hammer out a compromise with federal housing officials: The loans and mortgage guarantees would come in exchange for constructing a wall. ‘This is the closest thing Detroit has to the segregated fountains or to the white-only swimming pools of the Deep South,’ Horner says.”
“This wall forms the western boundary of the Alfonso Wells Memorial Playground and extends in a north-south direction from just south of 8 mile Road toward Van Antwerp Park between Mendota and Birwood in northwest Detroit, not far from the intersection of Wyoming and 8 Mile.”
“That’s not the way it is anymore. But the wall remains, a physical embodiment of racial attitudes that the country long ago started trying to move beyond.
And slowly, in subtle ways, it is evolving into something else in its community, something unexpected: an inspiration.”