GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:52:56.
Courses taught by Charles Waldheim
03541: Proseminar in Landscape Architecture (DES 0354100)
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday 11:30 - 2:00 Gund 318
This course surveys multiple definitions of landscape architecture. Rather than seeking a singular understanding, the seminar postulates that landscape might be understood in relation to other terms across an expanded disciplinary and professional field. The course will pursue multiple provisional working definitions of landscape as a method to describe landscape architecture as a contemporary cultural form. The first of these definitions distinguishes between landscape as medium, secondly we will address landscape as discipline, and thirdly landscape as profession. Beginning with the course introduction and inquiry into the origins of the word itself, the seminar is organized into a series of weekly rhetorical questions. These questions are built upon Garrett Eckbo's 1983 essay entitled "Is Landscape Architecture?" Following from Eckbo's rhetorical questioning, we will ask similarly charged questions weekly in order to unpack landscape's luggage.Over the semester members of the seminar will be introduced to a range of ideas, authors, agents, and actors shaping the contemporary field of landscape architecture. Members will also come to know the research and creative practice of many faculty members currently constituting the Department of Landscape Architecture at the GSD, as well as a range of leading figures nationally. Through a series of readings, seminar discussions, and presentations by visitors, members of the seminar will be introduced to the study of landscape architecture at Harvard and be invited to articulate their own academic experiences, intellectual commitments, and professional aspirations.
03581: MDesS Research Methods in Urbanism (DES 0358100)
Seminar - 4 credits
Tuesday 3:00 - 6:00 40 Kirkland 1C
This seminar traces the breadth of approaches to urban research across the disciplines represented at the GSD. It surveys the complex, and often contradictory ideological and methodological assumptions attendant to various forms of scholarly and disciplinary research. From humanities-based urban history on the one hand through quantitative social science analysis on the other, the seminar will expose students to divergent paradigms of urban research. These paradigms include the projective tendencies of the architectural discipline, the empirical impulse in mapping and geography, the narrative tradition of urban writing, and the recent tradition of the 'retroactive manifesto,' among others. The seminar will invite selected DDes students and all incoming MDesS students in the Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology concentration area to identify a disciplinary basis and body of knowledge from which to articulate their own methodological agenda for research.Each participant in the course is expected to complete readings, participate in discussions, and complete a fully considered research proposal, with particular attention given to the methodological approaches and analytical goals that the participant seeks to accomplish during the course of their MDesS degree completion. This semester-long, multi-layered investigation will involve the production of verbal, visual, and textual components.
09504: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950400)
Independent Study - 16 credits
Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.