|Dr. Andrew Wood
Office: HGH 210; phone: (408) 924-5378
Ideal Community Project is due
The promise of a community shaped and maintained by its shared vision of the future seems to be replaced by fragmented and customized nostalgia as evidenced by an architectural movement called new urbanism. The Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow has been overshadowed by Celebration, a communal attempt to live in the past rather than the future. However, this cross between a garden city and company town conceals much within its planned neighborliness. Finally, we conclude our semester with a discussion over whether community can sustain itself in the new century. The growing privatization and simulation of public locales, the proliferating media that enhance individual pursuits, and the decline in traditional socializing institutions portend, to some critics, the end of public life in America. These critics may be right. However, as we shall see, they may have overlooked the emergence of new technologies and social forces leading to an even more tightly knit community than has ever before existed.
Reading: Hellman, Morris, Putnam, and Miller
Supplemental Reading: Wood
Supplemental Website: Wood's Celebration Photos
Supplemental Notes: Langdon Winner: Silicon Valley mystery house
Viewings: Mulder, Scully, and the Simpsons visit a perfect community
Viewing: Pleasantville: Bowling in the rain
Notes: Philip Morris
Activity: Where is Silicon Valley?
Activity: Time Travel
Off-campus webpages related to Technopolis
Scott Rosenburg, Lonesome Internet blues, take 2 - "Another day, another dubious study finds that the Net makes you lonely -- and the press goes nuts."
Off-campus webpages related to Celebration
Brandy Davis, New Urbanism: Cause for Celebration?
Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, The Second Coming of the American Small Town
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