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Urban Transportation Revolutions

Eric Goldwyn's Spring 2018 Course at NYU Shanghai

Dr. Eric Goldwyn will represent the Marron Institute as an affiliated member of the faculty in NYU Shanghai next Spring, teaching a course on urban transportation while continuing his research on informal transit systems as part of the Urban Expansion team.

Course Description: This course examines the role of transportation technologies on the changing shape of cities. With each new mode, from streetcars to private automobiles, the city has undergone a dramatic reordering by enabling people to access new swaths of undeveloped land on the periphery and fill in vacant sites in existing cities. By tracing these transportation revolutions, we can see new settlement patterns and behaviors emerge. We will draw on classical urban texts from a diverse group of historians, architects, economists, urban planners, geographers, anthropologists and others to understand how transportation networks shape urban form and everyday life.

See the reading list for the course in the draft syllabus (pdf) at the link below.

Goldwyn Syllabus

Tile photo by Yiran Ding.

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