GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010

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Courses taught by David Mah

01121: First Semester Core Urban Planning Studio (STU 0112100)

Urban Planning and Design
Core Studio - 8 credits
Tuesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00  

Judith Grant Long, David Gamble, Michael Hooper, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, David Mah, Kathy Spiegelman

Course Description

The first semester core studio of the Master of Urban Planning program introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and technical skills used by urban planners to create, research, analyze, and implement plans and projects for the built environment. The studio operates in conjunction with GSD 3329: Methods of Urban Planning, which introduces students to spatial analysis through GIS; visual representation techniques; projections and forecasts in plan-making, including how demographic, economic, and market forecasts inform land use and infrastructure needs assessments; how alternative land use scenarios are constructed, including approaches to allocating land use, estimating carrying capacity, and build-out analyses; and evaluation of land use impacts through fiscal, economic, social, environmental, and transportation frameworks. The studio is organized into four parts, each representing a fundamental stage of the urban planning process. Part 1 explores the importance of ideas and the process of generating ideas for urban planning. Students test various approaches to and sources of creative thinking, how they link to urban planning outcomes, and techniques for recording and representing ideas. Part 2 explores research skills used by urban planners to understand and analyze the built environment. Students become familiar with common sources of data, both spatial and non-spatial, as well as key methods of data collection, description, and analysis. Part 3 explores the making of plans for the built environment at all scales. Using the creative and research skills developed in Parts 1 and 2 of the studio, students prepare functional urban plans, ranging in site scales from region to city to neighborhood to site. Students learn about land use categories, associated building types, infrastructure requirements, open space needs, and other aspects of physical plans. Basic site planning skills are developed for smaller-scale, project-based interventions. Part 4 explores how to implement urban plans. Students develop specific implementation strategies and craft their associated tools, such as zoning text and maps, phasing plans, and stakeholder participation processes to implement plans. Students are introduced to several important implementation techniques, including development approval/denial processes, stakeholder analysis and public participation, financing systems, and phasing schemes. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Urban Planning program

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02444: Advanced Landscape as Digital Media: Fabricating Grounds (VIS 0244400)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 516

David Mah

Course Description

The course is aimed at fostering a conceptual as well as technical approach to the introduction of digital design and fabrication techniques within landscape design and construction processes. We will dedicate the semester to develop a project that takes advantage of a number of emerging and established digital techniques and processes in order to develop prototypes for new landscape systems that reshape and reorganize surface and topographical ground conditions.This focused project will be the means through which a wide range of skills and approaches towards the utilization of digital design and fabrication techniques may be introduced and developed to inform and enrich the process from design conception to the development of various application scenarios and finally prototype fabrication of landscape construction and material systems. Students will be guided to follow a process from initial concept design right through to physical fabrication of scaled prototypes or models. The course will cover and develop digital design skills in 3d modeling, parametric tools as well as digital fabrication. Existing precedents of construction and material systems will be studied and considered during the course in order to inform and inspire the development of the projects that are encouraged to address novel expression as well as performance (topographical, hydrological, modalities of mixing hard and soft landscapes etc). The course will meet once a week and will be conducted in the computer lab and will make use of the fabrication laboratory. It is encouraged that applicants to the course have some basic to intermediate level skills in digital tools. Enrollments will be limited.

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