GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011
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Courses taught by Sanford Kwinter
03431: A Science of the Environment (DES 0343100)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Thursday 10:00 - 1:00 Gund 109
The science of ecology purports to study life as the sum of interactions between organisms and their natural environment. The term 'natural' has in recent decades undergone significant revision, in both biological and philosophical circles, increasingly to include a great many aspects of human cultural process and history. This course will be an approach toward the ideal of a 'total ecology', at once an incorporation of 'deep ecology', behavioral ecology and evolutionary theory as a discipline intended to transform and cultivate an entirely new way of understanding the human physical and cultural relationship to the natural world. As 'sustainability' theories and ethics rise to prominence in the contemporary economic and historical world, conceived largely in terms of remedial and technological intervention, the more foundational questions and forms of knowledge associated with true ecological thinking have paradoxically fallen by the wayside. This course seeks to recover, and in many ways reinvent, the habits of mind in which naturalism once played a central role in human life and culture. This course will focus in considerable detail on early human evolution and the early (Pleistocene) stone age (economics, art, social organization, knowledge systems, etc.), on the 'knowledge systems' employed within plant and animal milieus to at once create, exploit and stabilize the relationship to their milieus as well as on the forms that they both create and take on to maximize this stability. Geological, climactic, biotic, technological, aesthetic and even psychic factors will be studied as contributors to a 'total' ecological posture toward the environment. Human 'being' will be shown to be a direct and inseparable product of the landscape in which the human type arose and to which it will need once again to return with effective understanding, if it wishes to evade the catastrophes that current science predicts.
09305: Master of Design Studies Final Project (ADV 0930500)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 0 credits
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.