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Making the Invisible Visible: Global Urban Typologies in the 20th and 21st Century


This Public Humanities seminar (cross-listed with Urban Studies and History of Art and Architecture) presents tools for urban analysis. It introduces the students to knowledge distribution via book publishing today. Prof. Meuser, an architect, architectural historian, and publisher, is one of the few to have made the entire architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa, remote cities in post-Soviet Eurasia, or North-Korean capital Pyongyang accessible to a broad audience. Urban typologies as a tool to analyze, clarify, compare and provide solutions have become more critical than ever. The urbanization process of the industrial era has set into motion a dramatic change in human life on planet earth. On the edge of the 20th to the 21st Century, agglomerations have evolved into megacities whose number of inhabitants equals that of states elsewhere. By 2050, major cities in sub-Saharan Africa will have doubled the number of their citizens. On the other hand, some cities in post-socialist regions have shrunk dramatically. Which analytical and prognostic tools will help provide a sustainable and prosperous future for them? The course will introduce students to researching, analyzing, selecting, writing about global urban environments, and reviewing academic books. They will learn about the process of publishing on global issues in the digital age, collaborating with authors on all five continents, with financial, cultural, political, and artistic concerns that accompany such undertakings.

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Meuser, Phillip, "Making the Invisible Visible: Global Urban Typologies in the 20th and 21st Century" (2022). John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage Syllabi. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.