The Social Art of Architecture
General Catalog Course Title:
The Social Art of Architecture
Terms Offered:
Spring 2012
Spring 2010

Course may be repeated by students working on thesis or dissertation. Two hours of seminar per week. What is the social art of architecture in America? What was it historically, where is it now, where is it going--and why should you care? In this course, we will explore contemporary and historic attempts to confront social needs through themes: Design by Professionals (Architects, City Planners, Urban Designers, Sociologists, Philosophers, Philanthropists), and Design by Laypeople (Squatters, Intentional Communities, Do It Yourself). The objective is to discharge the false dualism that has emerged in architecture between social concerns and creative design.

Extended Course Description

  • WEEK 1  JAN 21: SOCIAL ART OF ARCHITECTURE: STATE OF THE ART
  • WEEK 2  JAN 28: 2010: ADVOCACY / EXPANDING ARCHITECTURE
  • WEEK 3  FEB 4: 1850-1890: CONCEPTUAL AND INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES
  • WEEK 4  FEB 11: 1890-1930: PROGRESSIVE ERA: ARCHITECTURE AND SOCIAL REFORMS
  • WEEK 5  FEB 18: 1930-2010: COMPANY COOPERATIVES AND COMPANY TOWNS
  • WEEK 6  FEB 25: 1930-1940: ARCHITECTURE AND THE GREAT DEPRESSION
  • WEEK 7  MAR 4: 1920-1950: SOCIAL ETHOS OF MODERNISM
  • WEEK 8  MAR 11: 1960-2010:ARCHITECTURE AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • WEEK 9  MAR 18: 1945-2010: URBAN RENEWAL / REINVENTING CITY AND SUBURBS
     

MARCH 22-26 SPRING HOLIDAY

  • WEEK 10  APR 1: 1960-2010: CIVIL RIGHTS / DESEGREGATION
  • WEEK 11  APR 8: 1950-2010: INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES / THE HALF-WAY HOUSE / CO-HOUSING
  • WEEK 12  APR 15: FIELD TRIP SWAN'S MARKET, OAKLAND
  • WEEK 13  APR 22: 2010: "HOMELESS" / EMANCIPATED YOUTH / HOUSING FIRST
  • WEEK 14  APR 29: FIELD TRIP SF HEALTH DEPT. PLAZA HOTEL, 966 HOWARD
  • WEEK 15  MAY 6: WRAP-UP
For more detailed information about classes, please visit the UC Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes.