Taubman College

Course List

Term Fall 2013
Class ARCH 503
Class Title Possible Worlds
Description Each design makes its own possible world. To a greater or lesser extent, each of these worldmakings (the creation of fictional worlds) puts in motion assertions, assumptions, and arguments about how the world is, or could be, organized. Drawing from examples in architecture and urbanism, but also films, fiction and video games, this course will outline the techniques of description (delineation, action, diagram, and scene) and relevant perspectives (the utopian, the apocalyptic, the pastoral and the realist) within the extended field of design thinking today. This course is open to all students enrolled at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; there are no prerequisites, though it should be considered reading intensive (both in examples of worldmaking and its theorization). Participants will make an analytical case study of an assigned "world". "Possible Worlds" include: Biosphere, Disneyland, MetaCity/DataTown, No-Stop City, Westeros, Solaris, Red Dwarf, Judgment City, Land of Ooo, Liberty City, Silent Hill, and the Aperture Science Enrichment Center...
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Thursday 1:00-4:00pm 1227 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty John McMorrough
Syllabus Arch_503_McMorrough.pdf