GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014
03472: Urban Grids: Score for Designing the City (DES 0347200)
Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
This course has an IRREGULAR meeting schedule. Please see full course description.
Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 Gund 318
Monday 9:00 - 11:00 Gund - Gropius
Within a larger research scope on “Revisiting the urban grids in the XXI century”, this seminar will focus on the investigation of recent urbanistic projects which use the grid and its multiple variations as their main structural device for the construction of the city.
The ultimate objective of the course is to develop new understanding of the way we are approaching the design of the City by means of “grids and networks”
The historic evolution of the city can be tied to regular systems that have allowed for rational forms of development. Diverse cultures have provided varied interpretations of grid systems that serve as an active underlay for multiple urban domains; street network, private parcels, public spaces, diversity of grain, etc. Some previous Seminars established some categories and vocabulary for the current step.
New spatial demands require more flexible and open ended systems. These new forms of urbanism favor loose or “neutral” yet efficient organizational systems that can accommodate diversity and change throughout extensive city densification and expansion.
Course Format and Method:
Even though a few introductory readings will be handed out at the beginning of the course, the seminar will explore the topics primarily through the construction of analytical and operative drawings.
The seminar is open to all students in GSD. Note that a high level of graphic skills is required.
The seminar will meet regularly both as a group and in individual meetings with the instructor.
Students will work individually and in groups of 2.
Number of students is limited to 26.
Class meets on weeks starting: January 27 / February 10/ March 3 / March 10 / March 31 / April 7 / April 21/ April 28. Individual research and meetings with TF the rest of the weeks.