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University of Oregon

School of Architecture and Allied Arts

AAA 321


4 credits

Winter 2015

Monday and Wednesday 10-11:20am, room 121 McKenzie Hall

This course satisfies a group requirement in Social Science

This course satisfies the multicultural requirement (Category B: Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance)

The course is open to students of all majors.



Howard Davis, Professor of Architecture; Brook Muller, Associate Professor of Architecture and Interim Dean, School of Architecture and Allied Arts; Gerardo Sandoval, Assistant Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Please direct questions to Howard Davis <>


Urban exclusion in different forms throughout history as the result of prejudice, intolerance and discrimination has had lasting effects on the form of cities, and, in turn, on the ability of some people to reach their full economic and human potential—and in some cases their ability to be part of the urban economy and urban life at all.


This course investigates the relationship between social/economic inclusion and the physical form of cities. It applies a cross-section of theoretical orientations and modes of analysis in investigating the role of the built environment in promoting social equity, environmental justice, and economic opportunity. It investigates these issues at a range of scales (building, neighborhood, district, city) and from multiple disciplinary perspectives (architecture, planning, public policy, landscape architecture, social science, law, environmental studies). The topics the course addresses – and the critical perspectives through which these topics are addressed – will enable students to better understand, advocate for and build communities that are more inclusive, healthy and just. Students from different disciplines will together gain exposure to ideas and methods of others and see the benefits of including different points of view.


 Course structure

The course will be based on lectures by the three instructors, guest lectures and other activities such as panel discussions and class discussions. The tentative schedule is as follows:






Required readings are associated with lectures by the three instructors. Along with the lectures, they will be the subject of questions in the two quizzes. Readings will be available on CANVAS. Some readings are not yet posted.


1/6 - Urban space and environmental justice: the legacy of modernism

  • Harold L. Platt. 2005. Shock Cities: The Environmental Transformation and Reform of Manchester and Chicago, "Introduction: The Industrial City and the Paradox of Progress," pp. 3-23. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.


  • John Bellamy Foster. 2009. The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet, "Introduction: The Ecological Revolution," pp. 11-35. New York: Monthly Review Press.


1/11 - Race and the American city

  • Douglas S. Massey & Nancy A. Denton (2005).  “Segregation and the Making of the Underclass.”  In Urban Sociology Reader, Lin, J. & Mele, C. (eds.): 136-143.


  • Weiss, Marc A. (1980). “The Origins and Legacy of Urban Renewal”.  Urban and Regional Planning in an Age of Austerity.  Editors Forester, John and Clavel, Pierre.  Pergamon, New York


1/20 - Introduction to divided space and social inclusion

  • Carl H. Nightingale (2012). Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press: 19-44.


  • Laura Vaughan and Sonia Arbaci, "The challenges of understanding urban segregation." Built Environment 37 (2) 128-138.


1/25 - Immigration and illegality as a form of exclusion

  • Sandoval, Gerardo (2013). “Shadow Transnationalism: Cross-Border networks and planning challenges of transnational unauthorized immigrant communities.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 33, (2): 176–193.


2/3 - Buildings and the social order

  • Douglas W. Rae (2003). City: Urbanism and its End. New Haven: Yale University Press, 73-112.


2/10 - Commerce, work and industry

  • Davis, Howard (2012). Living Over the Store: Architecture and Local Urban Life. London: Routledge, 175-201.


  • Zukin, Sharon (2010). Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places. New York, Oxford University Press, 159-192.


2/17 - The perfect storm (and how to prepare for it)



2/22 - Inclusion and cities in the world

  • Saunders, Doug (2010). Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World. Alfred A. Knopf Canada: 261-288.


  • Hall, Suzanne (2012). City, Street and Citizen: The Measure of the Ordinary. London: Routledge (31-51).


2/24 - Efforts to create inclusive and equitable neighborhoods

  • Sandoval, Gerardo & Herrera, Roanel (2015).  Transit-Oriented Development and Equity in Latino neighborhoods: A comparative case study of MacArthur Park (Los Angeles) and Fruitvale (Oakland), National Institute for Transportation Communities, NITC-RR-544, Portland State University, Portland.





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