GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011
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Courses taught by Joan Busquets
03472: Urban Grids: Exploring its Design Potentials (DES 0347200)
Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday Tuesday 10:00 - 1:00 Gund - Gropius
The first meeting will take place on Wednessday, August 31st, 6 PM in room 510.
Framework:Within a larger research scope on "Revisiting the urban grids in the XXI century", this seminar will focus on the investigation of recent urbanistic projects which use the grid and its multiple variations as their main structural device for the construction of the city. The ultimate objective of the course is to develop new understanding of the way we are approaching the design of the City by means of "grids and networks": Exploring its design potentials.1.The historic evolution of the city can be tied to regular systems that have allowed for rational forms of development. Diverse cultures have provided varied interpretations of grid systems that serve as an active underlay for multiple urban domains; street network, private parcels, public spaces, diversity of grain, etc. Some previous Seminars taught along the last two academic years establish some categories and vocabulary for the current step.2.In the last few decades, urban interventions have reached an unprecedented level of complexity and ambition, increasing the need for rethinking the design operations, yet the value and metrics of the grid and network are more operative than ever, and in more inventive ways than in the past. 3.New spatial demands require more flexible and open ended systems. These new forms of urbanism favor loose or "neutral" yet efficient organizational systems that can accommodate diversity and change throughout extensive city densification and expansion.Research Topics:The research seminar will specifically focus on the following topics:A. reviewing conceptual framework: grid / block / mesh / matrix/ checkboard, etcB. research on seminal Projects (city fragments) creating new Design paradigms.C. Comparative studies between the various investigations in order to establish both individual research tracts and a collective agenda for the research group.Course Format and Method:Even though a few introductory readings will be handed out at the beginning of the course, the seminar will explore the topics primarily through the construction of analytical and operative drawings that may show "Urban grids" design potentials. The seminar is open to all students in GSD. Note that a high level of graphic skills is required.Evaluation is done after course contributions and final paper.The seminar will meet regularly both as a group and in individual meetings with the instructor. Students will work individually and in groups of 2.Number of students is limited to 13.
05210: Cities by Design I (SES 0521000)
Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 Gund - Piper
THE FIRST CLASS FOR CITIES BY DESIGN WILL BE TUESDAY 6 SEP.
No Prerequisites; Course is required of all entering MAUD students.'Cities by Design' is a year-long course that studies urban form. Each semester, 'Cities by Design' will explore five urban case studies to expose students to a range of factors that affect the design of contemporary cities in various geographical contexts. The case studies will focus on both the urban condition as a whole by exploring processes of urban evolution, and on the study of urban fragments or projects. Each case study will be taught during a two-week module, comprised of four lectures and one discussion section. Term grades will be based on attendance and participation in both lectures and sections, biweekly response papers based on assigned readings, and a final term paper. Two main pedagogical objectives guide the course. The course will allow students to establish a broader definition of the 'urban,' forging commonalities amongst a diversity of cities. It will also provide the historical and comparative material to identify the urban characteristics and design strategies that render particular cities distinct. Comparative analyses of the urban case studies will be guided by the following eight themes, which will be explored through the lectures, section discussions, and assigned readings: 1.The city's genealogy and key historical events, phases of development, & patterns of growth2.The ways in which the terrain, geography, and infrastructural development constrain and present opportunities for the city's development and ambitions 3.The city's planning and design culture and decision-making institutions 4.The challenges that social equity present to planning and design in the city5.The orchestration of the city's relationship to the broader region 6.How the particular city contributes to a definition of the 'urban' condition7.The framing and design of key urban projects/ case studies 8.The city's planning institutions, historical conditions, urban forms, or ambitions, etc. that have contributed to its iconicity in a global context
09506: Thesis Extension in Satisfaction of Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950600)
Independent Study - 16 credits
Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.