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.End
The Automobile and the City
This course will examine the impact of the automobile on urban development and the social life of the modern city from three perspectives.
This quarter, students will learn from 9 different founders / C-level executives about how they built their mobility startup to change the world of transportation.
Comparative approach to sustainable cities, with focus on international practices and applicability to China.
Research seminar. Evaluation of the technologies and business model innovations that are transforming our transportation system.
(Note: this class is supported by the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford -- CARS -- and is highly recommended by us at the Revs Program)
Humanize My Ride is vehicle design for the extreme user. We will explore the relationship between specialized vehicles and their user¿s needs to inform a deep dive into designing and prototyping a unique purpose modified ride for a new type of user. Utilizing the designing thinking approach and emerging technology such as Google GLASS, student teams will interview drivers and users of specific purpose cars and trucks and then choose a new user to design and build for. Teams will work collectively on different elements of one vehicle to test with their user¿s needs. This project-based course is accessible to students of all backgrounds interested in exploring and transforming the intersection of user-centric design, automotive technology, creative customization and hands-on building.
Revs-supported Urban Studies 167 grapples with questions central to the future of the automobile / city relationship.
This course will take a novel approach to design by taking apart ten artifacts from human history to see what went on in their making, use, and maintenance: a prehistoric stone tool, an Egyptian pyramid, an ancient Greek perfume jar, a medieval castle in northern Europe, an 18th-century Wedgwood tea pot, the Edison lightbulb, a 1933 Bentley automobile, a 1947 Leica 35mm camera, a Sony Walkman (c. 1985), and the Apple mouse.
Elizabeth A. Kessler is teaching 'The View through the Windshield' in Art History this quarter at Stanford. The Revs Program at Stanford provided funding support for this course.