Architecture and Urban Planning in the United States

"Trouble in Utopia," Part IV of Shock of the New (1980)

Think about the following questions when watching the film:

1) Robert Hughes, the art critic and presenter in this film, takes a harsh stance regarding modernism and its approaches to architecture and planning.  What are his criticisms?

2) Does he pose any solutions for solving urban planning problems in the late twentieth century/early twenty-first century?

Think about the following issues regarding approaches to urban planning in Tacoma:

3) What kind of urban interventions (projects) has the city of Tacoma undertaken in the past 20-30 years to improve transportation and quality of life issues in downtown Tacoma?

4) Have these interventions been successful or unsuccessful?  Explain.