IHP Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics (Fall Option 2)

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program locations can vary from year to year.

Fall Program Sites

  • United States: New York, NY

    (2 weeks)

    The program starts in arguably the most prominent “world” city in the United States. In New York, students will meet classmates and faculty and be introduced to field experiences by exploring neighborhoods, visiting nongovernmental organizations, and hearing from public officials. The world journey commences with a discussion of local conditions and issues as well as an acknowledgment that while every city is local, it is also a piece of the global puzzle.

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires

    (4 weeks)
    Coordinated by Carolina Rovetta
    The cosmopolitan capital city of Buenos Aires has a history with an enduring legacy: European-influenced architecture, an extraction economy, large landowners, an influential Catholic church, charismatic political leadership and military dictatorships, a tradition of public protest, and a cultural heritage embedded in the tango. Underlying it all are the complex lives of a diverse society where former owners now work to survive and former workers now manage retaken factories.

  • Senegal: Dakar

    (4 weeks)
    Coordinated by Waly Faye
    Photo of dancing in SenegalSenegal is a fascinating mix of African and Francophone traditions embedded in decades of stable democracy. From traditional rhythms to modern beats, music infuses daily life. Dakar, the capital city, is undergoing rapid change as it accepts new immigrants, constructs new infrastructure and expands its position as a thriving global crossroad. There will be a one-week vacation in Senegal.

  • India: Ahmedabad

    (5 weeks)
    Coordinated by Sonal Mehta
    Indian city sceneAhmedabad, a city whose metropolitan area is approaching six million, is the largest in Gujarat, and is known for its leading role in industry and commerce. It is also known as the city in which M. K. Gandhi began his political work in India, established his ashrams, and built his struggle for freedom from colonial power.  After the city was founded in 1411, both Hindu and Islamic architecture flourished in the form of mosques, city gates, and temples. After independence, the city continued to strengthen its architectural traditions by inviting American architect Louis Kahn, French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, and Indian architects Charles Correa and Bernard Cohen to design several modern institutional and private spaces. In 2009, bus rapid transit was introduced in the city and has become one of the most advanced of such systems in India. Ahmedabad has witnessed sectarian conflict in contrast with its history as a place of pluralism, tolerance, and nonviolent political action. Today, the city has become a major destination for foreign capital investment, particularly from the Persian Gulf, to which it has been linked through trade for centuries, and is frequently held up as an example of India’s successful efforts at globalization. Contemporary Ahmedabad represents a privileged place from which to analyze how global flows of people and capital intersect with cities whose built environments still encompass the early modern and medieval periods, and where social forms are equally diverse as architectural styles.

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Credits: 16

Duration: Fall, 16 weeks

Program Sites:
New York City, New York, USA; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Dakar, Senegal; Ahmedabad, India.

Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework and/or other preparation in urban studies, anthropology, political science, or other related fields is strongly recommended but not required. Learn More...


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