Notes on the Urban Books Seminar
by Zeuler Lima, Ph.D. (Urbanism and Architecture)

Since the beginning of the twentieth century art, architecture, and urbanism together have investigated the production of images that shape the symbolic dimension of our experience of large cities. The main pedagogical goal of this project is to critically embrace this tradition through the artists' book format, and to bring together different methodologies for the visual analysis and representation of contemporary urban phenomena. St. Louis is the place for these observations, because it provides key situations for understanding contemporary forms of urbanity in post-industrial cities close to a major river, the Mississippi, and how urban space is produced and imagined.