Introduction to City Planning 2: Modern Ideas of City Planning (1900-1939)
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This course explores the development of the city and city planning from 1900 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939. This was an era where modern ideas, technologies, and politics came together as planning and cities were dramatically reshaped by planners (as opposed to previous eras, where the place-makers had been architects and designers). Spatial planning is born—the marriage of physical form (architecture and design) with social, cultural, economic, and environmental aspects. The 1920s and 1930s produce a flurry of utopian ideas and visions, but darkness approaches as political divisions and extreme ideology plunge the world into conflict. The suburb is a new urban form, stretching cities in new ways.
Jason Luger is a lecturer in City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design and an urban geographer. His academic research focuses on the production of urban space and urban spatial politics. He has also been a planning and economic development practitioner, working in the public and private sectors in the United States and globally. He is the co-editor of the book “Art and the City” (Routledge, 2017) and has authored more than a dozen peer reviewed publications. At UC Berkeley, he teaches the undergraduate courses “Introduction to City Planning CP110”, and “The Urban Community, CP118AC”. He also has taught in urban studies at the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University.