Cities may be humanity’s most significant invention, where we shape our vision of the civilized life. At the same time, the demands of cities shape our lives in fundamental ways. As most of humanity now lives in cities, the technology of city living increasingly becomes the technology of human life itself. The purpose of this course is to examine the technology of civilized life, with the city itself as both a technological system and a scene of technological living. A variety of topics are explored, including food, transport, cars, architecture, urban planning, public spaces, sanitation & health, civics & governance, sustainability, and communications technology. Some emphasis is placed on materials pertinent to Canada.
Taught by Scott Campbell