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As cities around the world become increasingly prominent as centers of financial markets, cultural innovation, and international migration it is more urgent than ever that our educational institutions enable teaching and research on urban topics. Urbanization is not only a global phenomenon of physical and cultural restructuring; it has itself become a spatial effect of the distributed networks of communication, resources, finance and migration that characterize contemporary life. The emergence of this global urban culture has had complicated social, aesthetic, economic, physical, and political effects, many of which are still little studied or understood.

The study of the city is fundamentally interdisciplinary. Cities are complex entities that cannot be reduced to a few variables. Moreover, as cities have grown and changed, urbanism is no longer exclusively associated with dense city centers. An increasing awareness of the environmental effects of urban growth means that the city needs to be understood within a larger ecological context. All of this makes the city a fruitful research topic and a rich teaching vehicle across a wide range of fields. The Princeton-Mellon Initiative seeks to advance our understanding of these questions, while also probing unforeseen possibilities.

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University has launched the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, a three-year interdisciplinary program that combines the efforts of a diverse group of faculty, programs, and schools to develop a more dynamic and nuanced understanding of urban issues today.

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Below is the listing of Urban Studies cross-listed courses for the Fall 2018 semester, taught by Mellon Initiative Primary Investigators, Fellows...

Green Cities: Inequality, Space, and Sustainability

Princeton University, Betts Auditorium
Friday, September 28, 2018, 9am 

Fall 2018: Continued Series of Conversations


Cities on the Edge 1968/2018: Cold War Civil Rights: A Conversation about the Circulation of Protest Photos

Mellon Forum: Gender, Justice, Urbanism with Dolores Hayden

Wed, Sep 26, 2018, 12:00 pm
Location: School of Architecture, South Gallery

Green Cities: Inequality, Space, and Sustainability

Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 9:00 am
Location: Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture

1968/2018 Cities on the Edge: Revolt of the Suburbs in the 1968 & 2018 Elections

1968/2018 Cities on the Edge: Paris/Algiers 1958/1968

Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 12:00 pm
Location: School of Architecture, South Gallery