4.220 Urban Housing: Paris, London, New York

As taught in: Fall 2004

Image of a man sitting high above New York City.

New York City at night, circa 1935. (Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Michael Dennis

Course Description

This class presents an analysis of the development of housing models and their urban implications in Paris, London, and New York City from the seventeenth century to the present. The focus will be on three models: the French hotel, the London row house, and the New York City tenement and apartment building. Other topics covered will include twentieth-century housing reform movements and work by the London County Council, CIAM, and American public housing agencies.