Introduction to Urban Studies: Cities, Landscapes and Territories, Al-Quds Bard College, Urban Studies & Spatial Practices; taught from 2018-2021.

The main objective of the course is to provide students with the tools to be able to engage in a critical reading of contemporary spatial and urban conditions. This course will focus and investigate the territorial, urban and landscape dimensions of geographic units (deserts, cities,…) through a critical reading of their socio-spatial composition. These geographic units are a material reality as well as a set of relations between people, technologies, media and buildings. We will explore these geographic units with an interdisciplinary approach (using architecture, urban design, sociology, anthropology, geography, literature and visual arts) aiming to uncover the way in which they are results of a complex interaction of social, political and economic forces. In particular students will discuss how political conflicts are not only registered but also operate through the transformation of these paces. The aim of the course is to develop students’ conceptual and practical skills for the critical reading and interpretation of the contemporary spatial regime in Palestine.