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Borderwall Urbanism lecture with Rael & Syjuco 9/20

With 650 miles of wall already constructed, and the population in the urban areas along the United States - Mexico border is expected to grow to over 20 million inhabitants over the next decade. This lecture examines the long-term effects and consequences of the wall’s construction. More


SITEWORKS: UNDERSTANDING PLACE THROUGH DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE APPLICATIONS Extended deadline 9/22

This year, the Research Studio will focus on the Albany Bulb, a construction debris landfill in San Francisco Bay known for its informal art, spectacular views, and for many years, a longstanding homeless community.  What will the Bulb become?  Using methods of urban and natural observation and experiments in performance and documentation, students will seek to understand this complex space. More


STUDENT PROPOSALS Due 9/25: Interdisciplinary Publications on Cities and Urban Life

We invite student teams to submit proposals for an online or print publication on an urban theme of their choosing. Proposals due September 25, 2017. More...


Fall Colloquium: City As Nexus
Weds., 12PM Visitors welcome

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid, and network. But exactly how? Speakers from a variety of disciplines will present research on the relational dynamic of cities. This 1-unit colloquium provides an introduction to the cross-disciplinary approaches offered in the Graduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities. More


Spring 2018 CORE SEMINAR: POPULISM, ART, AND THE CITY

Populism is intrinsically about people, social interactions and collective identifications. But as much as it is embodied, populism also shapes—and is shaped by—urban environments around the world, constructing the very terms of ‘the people’ and civic belonging through various kinds of utopian, contingent and informal design. More...


Faculty PROPOSALS Extended deadline 11/15: GUH UNDERGRADUATE COURSE ON CITIES AT A BAY AREA SITE

Interdisciplinary two-person faculty teams are invited to submit proposals for undergraduate Research Studio Courses for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Proposals now due Nov. 15, 2017. More...


faculty PROPOSALS EXTENDED DEADLINE 11/15:  GUH GRADUATE COURSE ON A GLOBAL CITY/URBAN LIFE

Interdisciplinary two-person faculty teams are invitied to submit proposals for undergraduate Research Studio Courses for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Proposals now due Nov. 15, 2017. More...


On statues, and what can and cannot be said  

Andrew Shanken, professor of architecture and 2018 GUH fellow, reflects on the role of political interventions in the built environment. More


GUH electives highlights

HISTORY OF ART 290: FUTURISM AND FUTURITY

This course explores a number of future-oriented speculations in the practices and theories of twentieth and twentieth-century art worlds, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which future-making is not an evenly distributed good, yet the futurity of art has time and again been claimed to counter the amnesias of empire, colonialism, and social death. More...


PORTUGUESE 275: PORTRAITS OF “OUTSIDERS” – A LOOK AT A RANGE OF EXCLUDED OTHERS IN BRAZILIAN LITERATURE AND FILM

This course examines a range of outsiders within Brazilian society through the lens various authors and filmmakers utilize in their portrayal of these varied “others” who are not just inesquecíveis but memoráveis in the sense of incorporating individual and collective memories. More...


ARCH 139/239: Design and Difference: Spaces of Queer Theory

Students will examine the relationship between space, power and identity, through recent arguments around queer theory and the politics of cultural difference. More...


ARCH 279: Americans on the Road 1950-1980

During the period from 1950 to 1980, new highway programs, the spread of automobile ownership, economic growth, and more people on the move produced a uniquely American roadside landscape. Students will explore the cultural, social, and spatial contexts and significance of these landscapes. More...