INDES 255 Built Environments in a Global Context • 5 Cr.


This course introduces students to contemporary theories of architecture and interior design in a global context, investigating universal and culture-specific experiences of the built environment that intersect with societal issues of power disparity, diversity, social stratification and inequity. Using the site dynamics of global cities and local built environments as laboratories for observation and analysis, students learn how built environments can support or oppose social and environmental wellbeing. Recommended: ENGL& 101.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the relevance of cultural themes and theoretical ideas that shape built environments in both global and local contexts 
  • Identify and explain the diversity of ways in which spaces are created and used by different cultures 
  • Recognize and identify ways in which their individual experience of global and local urban landscapes compares to those of other contemporary world cultures. 
  • Recognize and discuss how world views regarding power relations, diversity and globalization, are shaped by a personal experience of the built environment. 
  • Articulate a pluralistic view of the built environment to more effectively empathize and cooperate with people from various backgrounds.