GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010

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Courses taught by Pierre Bélanger

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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03241: Theories of Landscape as Urbanism, Landscape as Infrastructure: Paradigms, Practices, Prospects (DES 0324100)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 111

Instructor(s)
Pierre Bélanger

Course Description

Responding to contemporary urban patterns, ecological pressures and decaying infrastructures, this course brings together a series of influential thinkers and researchers from the design commons across North America to discuss different methods, models and measures of large scale, long range design for the 21st century. Organized around a sequence of weekly topics and readings, guest presentations focus on the future of the region that, with the predominance of landscape ecology and the revival of geography worldwide, challenge the laissez-faire dogma of neo-liberalist economics, Fordist forms of civil engineering, and Euclidean planning policies that marked the past century. From Geddes to Gottmann, Mackaye to Mumford, Olmsted to Odum, the first part of the course re-examines a series of influential plans, projects, and practitioners to trace a cross-section through the history of urbanization in North America and the industrialized world to chart the trajectory of an emergent regional paradigm. Foregrounding the nascent reciprocity between ecology, economy and energy, the second part of the course opens a horizon on pressing issues facing cities today to recast the infrastructural and geopolitical role of landscape as operating system for future urbanism. Drawing from an array of contemporary projects and historic public works, the course concludes with student-led presentations of mapping projects that focus on transboundary watershed regions throughout the world; regions where, according to the United Nations, more than 60% of the world population will be living by the year 2030. Foreshadowing the preeminence of ecology in cities and infrastructures, the motive of the course is to construct a clear, multivalent discourse on the field of landscape as it becomes the locus of intellectual, ecological and economic change of significance, globally. The course is an advanced offering from the Department of Landscape Architecture and is open to graduate students in the disciplines of landscape architecture, urban design, planning, public policy, architecture and civil engineering (limited enrollment).


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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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