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The Urban Studies and Community Development program offers three-day workshops on contemporary issues in the field. Undergraduate and graduates students can take these for credit, and we also welcome community members who are interested in a number of our specialty experiences.

Spring 2018 workshops

URBAN 294/494. Art in the City. ThFr 5:00-8:00 pm, Sa 9:00 am-6:00 pm. 01/18/2018-01/20/2018. A survey of golden ages in various arts and cities that explores the ways cities have shaped the arts and how artists have shaped cities. Organizing themes focus on cultural leadership, sustainable development, and the politics of arts activism. Topics may include theatre in alternative performance in New York City, 1960-1990; the blues in New Orleans, rockabilly music in Nashville; the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s; and the contemporary rise of indie film in Los Angeles. The course will end with an investigation of the arts in Boise. NOTE: Walking field trip to Downtown Boise approximately two miles. Crosslisted with ARTHIST, COMM, ENVSTD, HIST, MUS, POLS, SPS, THEA.

URBAN 494. Historic Preservation.  Sa 9:00 am-6:00 pm. 04/07/2018 and 04/14/2018. Historic preservation, more than history and architecture, is a planning tool that cities like Boise use to protect homeowners and shape patterns of growth. The one-credit workshop reviews flash points of controversy. Topics include zoning law, national landmark certification, gentrification, green construction, and the politics of urban renewal.
NOTE: Walking field trip to Downtown Boise approximately two miles. Crosslisted with HIST 494/594, PUBADM 594

URBAN 494. Urban Transportation.  Sa 9:00 am-6:00 pm. 03/10/2018 and 03/17/2018. Urban transportation is a complex and dynamic network of interconnected modes, agencies, and objectives. This workshop will explore contemporary issues in urban transportation, including an introduction to the various modes of transport, intermodalism, urban transport data and decision making, and intergovernmental relations and transport. The class will explore downtown Boise, ID, as a case study for developing an understanding of these components, how they intersect, and who the important stakeholders are in this network. NOTE: Walking field trip to Downtown Boise approximately two miles. Crosslisted with ANTH 494/594, CE 494/594, ECON 494/594, GLOBAL 494, POLS 494/594, PUBADM 594, SOC 494/594

Fall 2017 workshops

URBAN 294/494. Affordable Housing. ThFr 04:00-08:00 pm. 11/09/2017-11/11-2017. One out of three families in the Boise Valley have fallen too far below the federal standard to rent an adequate home.  The one-credit workshop looks at the city’s limited options. Topics include historical trends, rental markets, low-income zoning, rent control, housing cooperatives, and public housing projects. Crosslisted with HIST 294/494, SPS 294/494.

URBAN 294/494. Boise’s Urban Renewal. Sa 09:00 am-05:00 pm. 10/07/2017-10/14/2017. Boise made national headlines in the 1970s for urban renewal that removed more than 80 buildings from the core of old downtown.  The one credit workshop considers the programs and policy that resulted from that era of devastation.  Topics include tax financing, public art, historic preservation, and urban street design. Crosslisted with ENVSTD 294/494, HIST 294/494, SOC 294/494, SPS 294/494.

URBAN 294/494. Gothic Boise Sequel. Sa 09:00 am-05:00 pm. Architecture and folklore tell urban stories, revealing cultural truths. The one-credit pass/fail workshop introduces the architectural styles of turn-of-the-century Boise.  Walking tours provide the historical context.  The focus is storied places, sacred to some, macabre to others.  Topics include architecture, historic preservation, history, and folklore. Crosslisted with ARTHIST 294/494, HIST 294/494, SPS 294/494.

URBAN 294/494. Local Food Economy. Sa 09:00 am-05:00 pm Nationwide, people are turning to local foods as a way of improving nutrition, seeking employment, and growing community pride. The one-credit, two-day workshop brings farmers and food experts into the classroom, looking at best practices. Topics include food miles, organic farming, genetic modification, composting, farmers’ markets, and a city’s fascination with beer. Food samples provided. Crosslisted with ECON 294/494, ENVSTD 294/494, POLS 294/494, SPS 294/494.