9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Urban geographers study the structure, form, function, and regulation of urban spaces, landscapes, and places at all scales, spanning the local and the global. Interested in both the built environment and social groups in the city, geographers study the processes that shape their creation and transformation. Among the many methods of urban geography, we will focus on urban morphology which is especially geared toward the utilization of archival resources, as well as fieldwork. The method understands urban space as dynamic—rather than constant or static—so change across time is key. Chicago was the quintessential American industrial city of the nineteenth century and the post-WWII era is becoming increasingly “post-industrial” and increasingly more globally connected. We will discuss how to teach students about these transformative processes and their impacts on Chicago’s economic prosperity and the contingencies of quality of everyday life.