Semester 5

Architecture Associated teaching platform

Semester leaders : Milena Guest
Milena Guest

S05-AR-2-1 : From cities to metropolis

Responsible for : Milena Guest
Milena Guest
The objective of the course is to lead students to reflect on the basis and scope of our interpretative schemes for understanding the metropolitan condition and phenomena. Consequently, the main questioning concerns the relevance of certain concepts, notions, models and tools that have been structured throughout the 20th century and up to the present day for the understanding of the relations between contemporary spaces and societies. The construction of a particular Western relationship to the world, the achievements of Western modernity and the major criticisms that have been made of it will be taken into account. This recourse to history in order to build a frame of reference from which to approach the major changes present in thinking on the city and the urban and to grasp the inflections of current planning practices.
The lecture approaches the process of urbanization, its properties and characteristics by critically drawing parallels between different cities in their relationships of influence and domination to territories. It takes into account the evolution of centralities and systems of urban actors.

The course provides knowledge of the social, economic and environmental theories and models that underlie the understanding and organization of urban spaces and questions their relevance to the reading and analysis of contemporary social and spatial changes.
It uses an approach of deconstruction of the metropolitan paradigm and the concepts that underlie it, and at the same time, brings arguments for an in-depth study of new forms of territorial anchorage.

The lecture :
- addresses the urban as a state of affairs and as a process: reading the main contrasts of urbanization as they can be observed today.
- questions the relevance of spatial categorizations corresponding to several phases of urban growth
- identifies the underlying logics that govern the settlement of populations, the redistribution of activities and functions at different scales
- analyzes the evolution of productive dynamics and their role in the structuring of territories
- allows us to understand the major social and spatial mutations that they entail in support of metropolization and to question their theorization both in a general way and in light of environmental issues
Evaluation method
Continuous assessment on a current issue closely related to the topics covered.
Final examination based on the course content.
Lectures : 24.00
Tutorial : 0.00
ECTS credit