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IAH 221c: The City and Modernity Discussion Notes / Week 2 )  City as citadel; protection, inclusion and exclusion )  The modern city and technology:  promise or curse? )  The modern city and nature )  The modern city as cognitive space and workplace )  The modern city:  utopia or dystopia? )  The modern city as “the future” )  The modern city and war:  ultimate vulnerability Questions that I posed to you: * What happened in World War I, and what did it mean?  How was it different from other wars? * What was our relationship with technology in the early-to-mid twentieth century?  How do we  know? * What do the images (Turner, Steiglitz, Abbott, Elliott) and the poems (Hardy, Whitman, Eliot)  do in this context? * What do you make of Marinetti's  Futurist Manifesto ?  What was he trying to accomplish?  Was  violence necessary for the kind of revolution he wanted? * What paradoxical aspects of Simmel's "The Metropolis and Modern Life" might we consider in  a twenty-first century city?  Have things changed?  To what extent?  Why might understanding an  article written in 1903 help us to comprehend developments (technological, cultural, social,  military) since then? * How do the poems by Eliot and Hardy work to illustrate the relationships between humans and  nature? Your discussion questions: Many of the questions across the sections were similar; here is a compilation by category. The Evolution of the Modern City / Then and Now: Are our brains meant to handle the chaos of the city? If it doesn’t work, why not stop it? Do we notice strange people less in a big city? Can your generation handle multi-tasking?  Will this lead to more chaos? Do cities like to attract attention to themselves? Were cities every really effective at protecting populations?  Did the cities change, or did people 
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2012 for the course IAH 221C taught by Professor Odonnell during the Fall '10 term at Michigan State University.

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