Greetings, and welcome to your first semester in the Architectural Theory course. The basic question of this course is how we can use the practices and profession of architecture to make the world better. This, of course, means that we'll be struggling with several definitions — of "world," of "better," and of "architecture."
At noon on Wednesday, January 2nd, the first reading for the semester will be available on the Angel course site — Susan Bickford's paper "Constructing Inequality: City Spaces and the Architecture of Citizenship." Bickford, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina, uses this article to explore the ways in which we seem to build exclusion and social divisions into our environments.