GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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Courses taught by K. Michael Hays

03474 [M2]: Conservation Canons and Institutions (DES 0347400)

Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 2 credits - Limited enrollment
This course is a module. It lasts the second half of the semester only.
Thursday 3:00 - 6:00   Gund 124

Instructor(s)
Rahul Mehrotra, K. Michael Hays

Course Description

This module will study and analyze the canons and institutions that have traditional guided the parameters of conservation and preservation practice. The seminar will critically examine institutions like the Getty and Docomomo, and documents like the UNESCO heritage charter. Classes will include presentations and discussions with experts from these institutions. Required for candidates in the Critical Conservation track of MDesS, it is open to students from all programs.


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04121: Buildings, Texts, and Contexts I: Classical and Baroque (folds of history and theory) (HIS 0412100)

Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 111

Instructor(s)
K. Michael Hays, Erika Naginski

Course Description

This course is structured as a dialogue between the historical and theoretical frameworks that have shaped the formulation of architectural principles - what the architectural historian Rudolf Wittkower called the "apparatus of forms" - by means of selected case studies. The organizing principle here is thematic as opposed to chronological, and synoptic rather than merely factual. We treat a selected range of concepts developed by philosophers and historians to explain the Classical and the Baroque as dialectical systems of thought that arise in history but transcend this history to mark modern and postmodern practices.


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04474 [M1]: Critical Memory and the Experience of History (HIS 0447400)

Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 2 credits - Limited enrollment
This course is a module. It lasts the first half of the semester only.
Thursday 3:00 - 6:00   Gund 124

Instructor(s)
K. Michael Hays

Course Description

This course will meet for the first time in ROOM 111 on Thursday, September 1st.

This seminar presents selected texts from the history of conservation (Riegl, Viollet, Ruskin) together with theoretical treatments of the genealogy of collective memory (Halbwachs, Nora, Said), the experience of history (Foucault, Jameson), and the reception of technology (Benjamin, Heidegger). The course provides conceptual frameworks for thinking practical problems in critical conservation and design intervention. Required for candidates in the Critical Conservation track of MDesS, it is open to students from all programs.


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09305: Master of Design Studies Final Project (ADV 0930500)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 0 credits

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner, Giuliana Bruno, K. Michael Hays, Sanford Kwinter, Erika Naginski, Jeffrey Schnapp, Krzysztof Wodiczko

Course Description

The Final Project will consist of a theoretical/position component, and of a practical/experimental component. The scope of each of the two components will be determined according to the student's preference, and considering the specific character of the project in consultation with the area coordinator and the advisor. In exceptional cases the final project may be solely based on (expanded in scope and ambition) a theoretical component. A theoretical, written component is required for all final projects. The final project is equivalent to 8 units of courseworkTheoretical/Position component-A written document presenting the original contribution to, and original argument for your artistic/design/research project defended within the context of current discourses in relevant disciplinary fields. The theoretical argument must present the original methodology of the project and position it in relation to:-Relevant present day artistic and design practices and their specific methodologies-Relevant theoretical and critical discourses (including your elaborations on relevant "pro" and "contra" positions)-The relevant historical tradition Practical/Experimental componentThis component involves an original artistic/design project conceived, developed and presented as a public presentation, exhibition, installation, performance, action, and intervention in a physical or/and electronic space. The public presentation is a crucial part of the final project and is required. The Final Project's printed presentation as publishable document (that contains the theoretical argument and a graphic and textual presentation of the practical/experimental component)is also required.


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