Introduction to Urban Studies 01
The categories of public and private are a key organizing principle of social life and play also a crucial role in urban studies. As an introduction to urban studies, this course offers to explore therefore the dynamic, culturally and historically contingent ways in which architecture and urban space are structured along the distinction between what belongs to the protected realm of the private and what is to ‘take place’ in the interpersonal sphere of the public. As the physical and experiential form of the city, it’s buildings and the overall character of its urban life, are deeply influenced by this private/public distinction, it is important to understand these implications not only in theory, but also in its implications for urban politics and the practice of urban design and place-making. This course will go beyond the theoretical discussion of public space by exploring it across various spatial scales in direct connection with its ‘Other’—namely private space. Beyond conceptual and theoretical discussions the course seeks to explore the concrete implications of this private/public distinction for urban planners, architects, public administrators, urban activists, or simply for active citizens as daily users of urban space and their spatial practices.