GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010
This term's information was last refreshed on 08 MAY 2015 15:47:51.
Courses taught by Joyce Klein-Rosenthal
01121: First Semester Core Urban Planning Studio (STU 0112100)
Urban Planning and Design
Core Studio - 8 credits
Tuesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00
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
05334: Urban Climate Adaptation (SES 0533400)
Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 1:00 - 4:00 Gund 318
This course focuses on the municipal planning process for climate change, especially adaptive strategies aimed at reducing the public health burden of extreme events. In the early 2000's, hundreds of municipalities prepared carbon mitigation plans, while few focused on adaption. By 2010, greater attention to sustainability planning, new funding by multilateral organizations and foundations, and increased research on the regional impacts of climate change and variability fostered the development of plans to minimize impacts on urban residents, natural systems, and built environment.The course reviews the concept of urban adaptation to environmental change in the context of vulnerability and adaptive capacity, and will examine adaptation planning through the lens of environmental justice. Research on planning and urban design approaches that minimize the public health risks of climate change and variability, particularly extreme heat events, is emphasized. We will examine empirical evidence on climate impacts and the broader political economy of decision-making around environmental health issues. How are these plans organized? Who is involved in decision-making; what scope of concerns is organized under the climate adaptation rubric? A goal of the course is to assess these emergent plans with the range of social equity goals implicit in sustainable development. What knowledge bases are employed in guiding the urban response to environmental change; what practical initiatives are implemented at the community scale, and what has been their impact?Each student will develop an individual research project; make a presentation to the class on this research; discuss readings and other students' research, and write a final paper that explores one possible climate adaptation plan. Student work will be evaluated based on the research paper, class presentations, discussion of the literature and other student's research, and the quality of overall class participation. The seminar will consist of largely of class discussions, a few lectures, and case studies of urban adaptation plans. Some prior knowledge of physical geography and the theoretical frameworks of planning is helpful.
09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920101)
Independent Study - 4 credits
A. Hashim Sarkis, 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, Christian Werthmann
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent study.