The Global Urban Humanities (GUH) Initiative brings together scholars and practitioners from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, city and regional planning, and an array of humanities disciplines to help address the complex problems facing today’s global cities and regions.

Any graduate student in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher) can enroll in the GUH Graduate Certificate Program.

To apply for the program and take the upcoming studio course “Berlin: The Guilt Environment,” download the application on the studio webpage.

Students interested in applying to the Berlin course are encouraged to attend an information session. Upcoming information sessions will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. in Wurster Hall, Room 305. If you have questions about the program, please email

Spring 2020 Core Studio

Berlin: The Guilt Environment

ARCH 209 / HIST ART 290 (4 units)
Instructors: Lauren Kroiz (Art History) and Andrew Shanken (Architecture)

Applications are due October 11, 2019.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin has intertwined its urban renewal with landscapes of reconciliation and commemoration. The “New Berlin” that politicians imagined in the 1990s was to be forged by international investment, materialized in high-profile commissions to “starchitects,” alongside preservation and memorialization of the city’s past, often seen through the seemingly inevitable lens of the Holocaust, and more recently Colonialism. Yet the relationship between developing a European metropolis and preserving sites of memory is troubled, making Berlin the archetype of the contemporary guilt environment. This studio invites students to analyze, criticize, represent, and reimagine the form that memory and commemoration take in Berlin by asking how existing landscapes work and what new commemorative interventions might be necessary? Read More

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