GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012
01401: The Catalytic Landscape: Body, Culture, and the Visual Environment (STU 0140100)
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
This course has an IRREGULAR meeting schedule. Please see full course description.
Wednesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00
Martha Schwartz, Andrea Hansen, Andrew Zientek
CATALYST, or its original Greek word CATALYSIS contains an ambiguity essential to the position of this studio. In chemistry, the word catalyst alludes to an inducing substance that causes or accelerates a reaction, yet its original usage meant dissolution and destruction. By combining these meanings, the word may be used to describe an intervention whose effects extend beyond its own corporeal, immediate boundary.
We are interested in the catalytic potential of intensive landscape interventions on existing small-scale sites as mechanisms for precipitating comprehensive change, whether of an individual, cultural, or urban nature. In other words, this studio embraces an “anti-masterplanning” approach to the design and regeneration of cities. Rather than starting at a large scale and working down, we begin with the individual, because ecology can be fundamentally considered a question of personal values, aesthetics, and experience. More specifically, we seek a focused engagement capable of transforming the immediate realm AS FOUND—a realm being defined as the individual, experiential body as well as our local, visceral environment.
The questions posed by working and thinking at the scale of the human body are such: What is the role and relationship of the BODY to the CITY? And, HOW and WHY can human-scaled installations help instigate large-scale change?
Andre Zientek will serve as studio assistant.
Course Schedule: Wednesday / Thursday 2:00 - 6:00 pm (plus additional dates below)
M** 12th MS Desk Crits
T** 13th MS, AH Desk Crits
M** 19th MS, AZ Pre-Final Review – Dry Run
T** 20th MS, AH Desk Crits
M** 26th MS Desk Crist
T** 27th MS, AH Desk Crits
M** 3rd MS Desk Crits
T** 4th MS, AH Desk Crits
**Irregular dates: if students have course conflicts, they can schedule individual desk crit time with Martha and/or meet with Andrea on W/Th