Academic Catalog

ARCH721 PICTURING THE MODERN CITY:VISIONS,REPRESENT,IMAGINATION

Course Code: 1200721
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(0-3)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Department: Architecture
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Assist.Prof. DAVIDE DERIU
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Content

Introduction to issues of vision and visuality; debate on ┤ocularcentrism┤and the ┤hegemony of vision┤; theories of urban representation; ┤the city in the field of vision┤; De Certeau┤s dual model of the city (concept vs. texture); the panopticon and the panorama; theories of spectacle/surveillance and their relevance to the history of the modern city; visual arts and urban iconography; ┤modernism in the streets┤- the flaneur, the crowd and the shock of metropolitan life; historical development of urban photography, from topographic view-making to the urban snapshot; literary images and urban imaginations; montage techniques and the ┤cinematic city┤; aerial vision and the issue of urban legibility; psycho-geography and the ┤situationist city┤; the ┤tourist gaze┤, travel cultures and the modern cityscape.