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Cityzenship: Praxis in the Urban Environment

Cityzenship: Praxis in the Urban Environment

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Published by CHRIS M JONES
This paper represents the culmination of a semester study of interventions in the urban environment by various practitioners. Entitled, cityzenship, this paper outlines the contours of what it would like
This paper represents the culmination of a semester study of interventions in the urban environment by various practitioners. Entitled, cityzenship, this paper outlines the contours of what it would like

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Published by: CHRIS M JONES on Feb 05, 2013
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CITY
ZENSHIP
Praxis in the Urban Environment
 
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t is not enough for people to come together in dialogue in order to gain knowledge of their social reality.They must act together upon their environment in order critically to reflect upon their reality and so transformit through further action and critical reflection.
-Paulo Freire
Prolegomenon
Examination of the city through a design-ecological lens yielded salient insights intourban intervention as both art and science. While Paul Knox’s “explores the complexrelationships between design and urban environments” in his
Cities and Design
, Dennis
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Dalton used his
Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action
to flesh out Gandhi’sconcept of 
swaraj 
and
satyagraha
before drawing parallels between Gandhi on one hand,and Malcolm X and Dr. King on the other. The scholarly insight of both authorscomplemented the urban interventions of the course’s guest lecturers. For example,Christine Gaspar of CUP spoke about “urban pedagogy,” the practice of taking complexissues and breaking them down into “simple, accessible, visual explanations” ; Paul White
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of Transportation Alternatives spoke on transportation networks via legislative advocacy;and Dr. Vera Tangari commented on sustainable urban habitation and Nature-manmediation. These two lens provoked a serious inquiry into my identity, behavior, andpractice as an urbanist.The twin themes of 
reflection
and
action
inform urban practice as art and science.The intersection of 
reflection
and
action
generates new psychological awareness of andinsights into notions of identity (who to be), behavior (how to conduct oneself), and practice
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Course syllabus
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