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ENRICH-0050 – Soc Sci: Intercultural City (ENRICH-0050_URBN)

The Intercultural City: Past and Present

We are living in a New Urban Era. Cities everywhere are rapidly growing and their populations are diversifying. What are the challenges to creating an inclusive urban community? How can cultural diversity be accommodated in ways that would simultaneously create a common, shared civic identity? Join Dean Saitta, professor and director of DU’s Urban Studies program, to examine the challenges of the expanding “Intercultural City” and what can be learned from cities of the past. Consider the issue of how to plan and design for cultural diversity: What should housing, public space, green space and other aspects of the urban built environment look like in the Intercultural City? What tough decisions will urban planners and civic leaders need to make in the face of unprecedented growth? In class two, explore what can be learned from ancient cities, a virtually untapped source of insights for today’s urban planners and architects. How were the earliest cities planned, built and “lived in” by citizens? Discover how studying the plans of ancient cities can help move us toward more equitable, prosperous and sustainable contemporary cities. Come away with fresh insight into the challenges of the New Urban Era and how understanding the tie between past and present can help us meet them.

Two sessions
Wed., 6:30-8:30 pm, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 2017
Location: Room 479, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Dean Saitta is professor of Anthropology and director of DU’s Urban Studies program. His research interests include ancient city planning and design, comparative architectural and urban form, and North American archaeology. He is the author of Intercultural Urbanism, a blog offering perspectives on urban culture, space, architecture and design, and is a featured blogger for Planetizen, a public interest urban planning website.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 7Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $85


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Wednesday29th November 20176th December 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallDean Saitta