This seminar investigates the urban and environmental history of New York City’s infrastructure, including water, sewage, transportation, housing and office construction. The course investigates these systems in the context of the environmental, political and economic concerns that shape the city’s infrastructure. The course looks at the transnational circulation of ideas about designing and constructing urban systems. Questions include: How and why are infrastructure systems built? Why are they built the way they are? How do the technologies used affect the environment? Are the systems sustainable and interoperable? How do ideas about infrastructural needs, design and financing circulate transnationally?
Prerequisites: HI 2313 or instructor’s permission. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS elective.