GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010

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Courses taught by Spiro Pollalis

01401: Looking to the Future: Design, Sustainability, and Growth in Northern Greece (STU 0140100)

Landscape Architecture
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment

Instructor(s)
Martha Schwartz, Spiro Pollalis

Course Description

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01506: Looking to the Future: Design, Sustainability, and Growth in Northern Greece (STU 0150600)

Urban Planning and Design
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
Thursday Friday 2:00 - 6:00  

Instructor(s)
Spiro Pollalis, Martha Schwartz

Course Description

Following a recent administrative reorganization, Edessa, a small historic town with natural beauties in northern Greece, has become the capital of a larger area. The Mayor of the new expanded municipality seeks to reach economic and social prosperity utilizing the unique characteristics of the area and to provide an integral development plan.Our last year's design studio focused on the city of Edessa, its open spaces, and the development of the adjacent Agras valley, a 3 km valley along a river, with spectacular waterfalls at each end.This year's studio is an extension of the 2009 studio and focuses on the entire area, with the city of Edessa as the central point. The area includes a lake (Vegoritis), a small airport ideal for paragliding, a historic village that attracts many tourists in the winter season (Agios Athanassios) and pristine forests and wetlands. Distances among the various nodes are short and easily traveled. Thermal baths (Loutraki) and a winter sports resort (white mountain) are within a few km distance.Addressing the issues faced by the region and with the support of the Mayor and the City Council, the studio has a series of objectives. The overall objective is to focus on sustainability, at both the environmental and socio-economic levels, and propose developments that take into account the well-being of future generations. Within the umbrella of sustainability, the studio will propose to the municipality an overall development plan to reposition the area at the regional and metropolitan scales. Mobility, incentives in the built environment to make the area a choice for residence, and year-round tourism are some of the objectives.Then, individual design projects will follow. The design projects will be at the scale to be agreed by the instructors and each student, will be consistent with the development plan, and will propose interventions or new projects in:1.the shore of lake Vegoritida and the development of water activities2.interventions in the traditional village of Agios Athanassios3.development of new villages4.developments in the vicinity of the Agras wetland5.accessibility of the dense forestsThe common thread of the projects should be in linking Edessa with its region and making the entire region an attractive and integrated site for economic growth throughout the year and a place of choice for residence. The newly planned high-speed train will shorten the distance to the regional metropolis of Thessaloniki to 30 minutes, and will effectively make Edessa a satellite town to a 2+ million people center, with rich farming and proximity to nature.Site visit: The visit to the area is essential prior to engaging in design, so we will visit Edessa and its region in the week of September 20.


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05333: Sustainable New Cities (SES 0533300)

Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Thursday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 510

Instructor(s)
Spiro Pollalis, Andreas Georgoulias, Wooyoung Kimm

Course Description

This course will examine the new city project from the lens of design, business, and sustainability. Based on examples of the recent past and drawing upon substantial original material from very recent new city projects worldwide, students will be exposed in analytical tools and approaches that exist only at this scale. Design will be viewed both at the individual building level, as iconic, non-iconic, and a typology for repetition, and also at the planning, urban design, and infrastructure levels. Business analytics and planning will start from defining the value proposition of the new city project, to issues of forecasting demand and complex return modeling. The sustainability perspective will be the centerpiece of the course, the axis that all reports, tools, and methods will be compared to. Sustainability at the new city project will be twofold: one side would examine the environmental, social, and economic aspects of the new city project; the other side would examine the sustainability of the actual project team, making sure that the organization doesn't fail before it starts. Information technology will push the feasibility frontier, will be the enabler for efficiency and effectiveness.The course will be structured in two parts. The first one will start by reviewing the need for new cities, both as a response to rapid urbanization at the developing world, and as an urge to renew the existing urban model. As such, the first part of the course will be both projective and speculative in nature, and it will be covered with lectures and discussions. The class will enter the new city project through several case studies on real projects. Examples from the US and internationally will be reviewed, and guest speakers representing firms involved in the projects will supplement the perspectives discussed in the classroom.The second part of the course will simulate a new city project in the Middle East, where students will be provided substantial proprietary and unpublished material on a real new city project. At the scale of tens of billions total capital cost, the identity of the project will have to be disguised for reasons of confidentiality. However all planning, design, and business consulting reports and financial spreadsheets will be made available. Students will work in small teams, their purpose being to review the material created by the actual project organization, and propose solutions on how to make the new city project sustainable. The course will review design and business decisions at multiple scales. Building projects can be small, medium, and large - however, the real immensity of scale in regards to design powers comes with the new city project. A new city will always be the maximum of the human experiment when it comes to the built space. A new city project is beyond extra-large, and as such its fascinating, promising, hopeful, and very expensive. Mistakes on such a scale can rarely be undone.Plagued by several failed or underperforming examples, new city projects strive to prove that the urbanization process, which normally takes decades, can be simulated, planned, designed, and delivered by a single owner and a design team. Single ownership of a project, as elusive as it can be to conceive at the city scale, provides several benefits of integration and optimization of buildings, systems, nature, and social groups. Large-scale innovation scrapping century-old assumptions, together with replication of the most successful urban environments that exist globally, are all possible at the new city project.The extent and variety of successful outcomes at the new city project attract agents and stakeholders that normally would not be involved, sometimes not even interested, in built projects. Seeing a case in point for "economies of scale", multinational corporations in manufacturing, commodities, energy, IT, finance, etc join forces with architects and plann


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06201: Analysis and Design of Building Structures I (SCI 0620100)

Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Thursday 9:00 - 10:00   Gund 111
Friday 9:00 - 12:00   Gund 111
Wednesday 4:00 - 6:00   Gund 111

Instructor(s)
Spiro Pollalis

Course Description

The course rigorously navigates future architects to the discipline of structural engineering, as an integral component of conceiving and designing buildings. Decisions on geometry and materials, subject to static and transient forces, seen from the perspective of strength, stiffness and durability, accompany architectural considerations. The course focuses on the structural systems of a series of buildings and bridges as case studies, with an emphasis on how structural decisions have influenced architecture, while presenting in parallel the fundamental principles. The approach of the course and the short learning time requires a simultaneous approach to the complete spectrum of structural systems and materials. Students learn to describe in detail the behavior of buildings, to use structural analysis software for the preliminary design of critical architectural components of buildings, and to search the Internet for preparing meaningful discussions with the engineers.


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09504: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950400)

Architecture
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, K. Michael Hays, Antoine Picon, Spiro Pollalis, Christoph Reinhart, Peter Rowe

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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09506: Thesis Extension in Satisfaction of Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950600)

Landscape Architecture
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Judith Grant Long, Richard Peiser, Antoine Picon, Spiro Pollalis, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Daniel Schodek, John Stilgoe, Kostas Terzidis

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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