GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010

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Courses taught by Christian Werthmann

01211: Landscape Architecture III: Third Semester Core Studio (STU 0121100)

Landscape Architecture
Core Studio - 8 credits
Tuesday Thursday 12:30 - 6:00  

Instructor(s)
Pierre Bélanger, Niall Kirkwood, Julia Watson, Christian Werthmann

Course Description

Addressing the inertia of urban planning and the overexertion of civil engineering in the 20th century, this course focuses on the design of large, complex, contaminated brownfield sites with a regional, ecological and infrastructural outlook. Employing the agency of regional ecology and landscape infrastructure as the dominant drivers of design, the studio involves the development of biodynamic and biophysical systems that provide flexible yet directive patterns for future urbanization. Through a series of contemporary mapping methods, field measures, case studies, readings and design investigations, the course results in a series of collaborative exercises leading to a large scale design project and future scenarios. Drawing from canonical case studies on regional reclamation strategies from across the world, the studio is further enhanced by a robust, regional representation program. Focusing on the metrics of geospatial representation and remote sensing, two intensive workshops throughout the term of the studio didactically deal with the interrelated subjects of regional cartography and site topography as operative and telescopic instruments of design across scales. Contributing to a complex, multi-layered profiling of the site as 'system' and the reformulation of program as 'process', the studio establishes a base platform for engaging an array of complex issues related to site contamination, biophysical systems, regional ecology, land cover, urban infrastructure and economic geography. Precluding conventional forms of urban development such as housing or retail development, the penultimate objective of the course is to explore and articulate the potential effectiveness of broader and longer range strategies where biophysical systems prefigure as the denominator for re-envisioning public infrastructures and regional urban economies in the future.


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06212: Sustainability for Planning and Design (SCI 0621200)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 2 credits
Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 109

Instructor(s)
Christian Werthmann

Course Description

This survey course will give a critical overview over the most pressing issues and tendencies surrounding the term Sustainability focusing on the specific role of the designer and planner. A series of lecturers will give a snapshot about the latest critical thinking regarding the Metrics of Sustainability, Ecological Urbanism, Landscape Urbanism, Eco-cities, Zero-Carbon Cities, Transportation Innovations, Food Webs, Urban Water Flows, Urban Poverty and Climate Change. The discussion will center on the city in its local, regional, national and global context thereby revealing the interdependence between architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning. At the end, students should have developed a new framework with shifted priorities, new concentrations and interests that they can explore in their further studies.Christian Werthmann is the instructor. Featured speakers include: Pierre Belanger, Herbert Dreiseitl, Alejandro Echeverri, Jane Hutton, Rahul Mehrotra, Mohsen Mostafavi, Spiro Pollalis, Matthias Schuler, and Charles Waldheim.


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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920101)

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Eric Belsky, Felipe Correa, Peter Del Tredici, Jill Desimini, Richard T.T. Forman, David Hamilton, Jr., Andrea Hansen, K. Michael Hays, Christopher Hoxie, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Jonathan Levi, Judith Grant Long, Anne McGhee, Katharine Parsons, Christoph Reinhart, Michael Schroeder, Thomas Schroepfer, Mack Scogin, Rafael Segal, Jorge Silvetti, Maryann Thompson, Emily Waugh, Andrew Witt, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cameron Wu, A. Hashim Sarkis, Christian Werthmann

Course Description

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