GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010

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Courses taught by Gareth Doherty

03503: Urban Design Proseminar (DES 0350300)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 3:00 - 6:00   Gund 112

Mohsen Mostafavi, Gareth Doherty

Course Description

The proseminar is a forum for conversation on contemporary urban design. It is structured around three overlapping discussions: urban design as form, operation, and urbanism. Theory and practice are contextualized in a way that is not limited to the study of the physical city but includes operations made on the city as well as topics in related fields. Often seen as an extension of architecture, urban design is today faced with the necessity for a greater awareness of the relationship with a host of other subjects such as geography, sociology, history, philosophy, economics, technology, and the arts. Although all the mechanisms for considering the city cannot be covered within the constraints of the seminar, the focus will be on developing a critical perspective that comes from a deeper understanding of theory, practice and speculation. In addition to critiquing seminal texts, the proseminar will introduce specific cities, projects, proposals, and methodologies. Presentations by GSD and Harvard faculty, together with site visits, will contextualize urban design today and its range of opportunities and potential. The proseminar requires active engagement with discussions and assignments, and provides a foundation for further course and studio work at the GSD.

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07330: Design Research Methods (PRO 0733000)

Seminar - 4 credits
Friday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 505

Judith Grant Long, Gareth Doherty

Course Description

The purpose of this proseminar is to (a) guide doctoral students in the development and preparation of their research proposals, (b) to provide them with organizational skills of how to plan, execute and strategically publish original research and (c) to prepare them for their future positions in higher education and/or practice. Following an introduction into archival research, a series of GSD faculty will expose students to avariety of research methods including examples of the presenters' own research. The second part of the course will cover a series of skills required by successful academic leaders from teaching and publishing to grant writing. The course will end with a series of presentations during which the students will present and defend their emerging research proposals. Instructional Methodology:The course will involve weekly lectures and discussions as well as a series of assignments that will lead towards a twenty page thesis proposal.

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