Spring 2021

Housing, Urbanization, and Development

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-204  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-204  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-204

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Gabriel A. Arboleda (Section 01)


(Offered as ARCH 204, ARHA 204 and LLAS 204) This course studies the theory, policy, and practice of low-income housing in marginalized communities worldwide. We study central concepts in housing theory, key issues regarding low-income housing, different approaches to address these issues, and political debates around housing the poor. We use a comparative focus, going back and forth between the cases of the United States and the so-called developing world. By doing this, we engage in a theory from without exercise: We attempt to understand the housing problem in the United States from the perspective of the developing world, and vice versa. We study our subject through illustrated lectures, seminar discussions, documentary films, and visual analysis exercises. In the Spring 2021 the course will be taught remotely.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Arboleda.

If Overenrolled: Priority to Architectural Studies majors, then sophomores, juniors, seniors, and first-year students, in that order.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning, Fine Arts for Non-majors, Online Only


2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019