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.Dr. DAVIDE DERIU
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Content

Introduction to issues of vision and visuality; debate on ocularcentrismand the hegemony of vision; theories of urban representation; the city in the field of vision; De Certeaus 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.