This course will examine the impact of the automobile on urban development and the social life of the modern city from three perspectives. First, as Auto-Utopia: a look at the golden age of automobiling during the early and late 20th century when the private car and the truck expanded the full range of opportunities for the economy and for both urban and rural residents of the modern world. Second, Auto-Dystopia: an examination of the negative impacts of the automobile that emerged in the late 20th and early 21st centuries in regard to safety, congestion, pollution, sustainability, and the development of a monoculture of the automobile in urban transportation. And third, Auto-Futures: a look at the ways that urban society -- both in the developed world and in the emerging economies of Asia, Africa, and Latin America -- will plan for and manage a multi-modal transportation system (walking, cycling, transit, and the achievement of a better jobs/housing balance) in which the automobile will be one of many options and will serve both private and public needs. View more information here.

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