GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2008
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Courses taught by Preston Scott Cohen
01101: First Semester Core: Introduction to Design and Visual Studies in Architecture (STU 0110100)
Core Studio - 8 credits
Monday Wednesday Friday 2:00 - 6:00
Prerequisites: Enrollment in MArch I program or permission of the program director.The first of a four-semester sequence of design studios introduces students to the practice of architectural design, discussing the theoretical principles on which such practice is based.
02102 [M2]: Projective Representation in Architecture (VIS 0210200)
Lecture - 2 credits
This course is a module. It lasts the second half of the semester only.
Tuesday 2:00 - 5:00 Gund 111
Historically, certain kinds of reciprocity between geometry and architecture have been used to bring about rational causes and practical means of formal innovation. Today, the digital medium is having unanticipated effects on this reciprocity. The results are profound innovations not only in the realm of form as such, but also in the process of translating abstract geometric concepts into building construction principles.Between the excesses of curved geometries and the economic constraints of building construction lies a seemingly incommensurable disparity. On the one hand, the digital medium affords the architect a means to model three dimensional forms that are entirely free of planarity. On the other hand, it aids the ongoing industrial production of materials according to the geometric extrusion of linear and flat components and surfaces. To operate in this breach, it is necessary to acquire a geometric vocabulary that operates between oblique and curved forms and the economically determined mechanical constraints of building assembly. This vocabulary, derived from projective and topological geometry, constitutes an auxiliary system of order, one which can ultimately serve to discretize curved surfaces into flat units, and thus translate complex surfaces into forms constructible at an architectural scale. Such an application of geometry produces a continually expanding repertoire of three-dimensional architectural form. Among the most far reaching effects is the recalibration of the long standing relationship between the part and the whole in architecture.Lectures tracing the lineage and technical bases of orthographic and perspective projection, projective geometry and topology will provide the foundations for the development of a vocabulary. Workshop exercises will apply these principles to particular problems of surface redefinition. The rendition of curvatures according to the logic of different patterns will demand critical assessment. The overall course objective is to provide the tools and critical instruments to imagine and represent with precision, dexterity, and virtuosity a continually expanding repertoire of three-dimensional architectural form.
09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)
Independent Study - 4 credits
Brian W. Blaesser, Marco Cenzatti, Preston Scott Cohen, Felipe Correa, Gareth Doherty, Stephen Ervin, Susan Fainstein, Richard T.T. Forman, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, K. Michael Hays, Sanford Kwinter, Anne McGhee, Michael Meredith, Farshid Moussavi, Richard Peiser, Spiro Pollalis, Peter Rowe, Allen Sayegh, Laura Solano, John Stilgoe, Kostas Terzidis, Matthew Urbanski, Bing Wang, Christian Werthmann, T. Kelly Wilson, Gary Hilderbrand
Students may take a maximum of 8 credit units with different instructors in this course series.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Candidates may arrange individual work focusing on subjects or issues that are of interest to them but are not available through regularly offered course work. Students must submit an independent study petition and secure approval of their advisor and of the faculty member sponsoring the study.
09301: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of Degree MArch (ADV 0930100)
Research Seminar - 12 credits
Prerequisites: GSD 9203.Following preparation in GSD 9203, each student conducts a design exploration that tests and expands the thesis.