Spring 2023

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


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, visual analysis exercises, and a field trip.

Limited to 20 students. Spring Semester. Professor Arboleda.

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

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Attendance to class, doing the assigned readings, participating in class discussions, and timely submitting all the assignments.

ARCH 204 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM OCTA 200
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM OCTA 200


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025