GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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Courses taught by Rahul Mehrotra

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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03503: Urban Design Proseminar (DES 0350300)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 3:00 - 6:00   Gund 112

Instructor(s)
Rahul Mehrotra, Eve Blau, Gareth Doherty

Course Description

The proseminar is a forum for conversation on contemporary urban design. It is structured around three overlapping discussions: the formation of the discipline, critiques of urban design, and projections and speculations on the future of the discipline. Theory and practice are contextualized in a way that is not limited to the study of the physical city but includes operations made on the city as well as topics in related fields. The course examines the contested terrain of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, with engineering, geography, sociology, and scientific, cultural, and historical disciplines. Although all the mechanisms for considering the city cannot be covered within the constraints of the proseminar, the focus will be on developing a critical perspective that comes from a deeper understanding of theory, practice, and speculation. Presentations by guest GSD and Harvard faculty, together with site visits, will contextualize urban design today and its range of opportunities and potential. The proseminar requires active engagement with discussions and assignments, and provides a foundation for further course and studio work at the GSD. EXPECTATIONSThe emphasis of the course is on engagement: with the readings, the guests, and with the discussions. 1.Questions for class: Seminar participants will be expected to submit a series of questions, before class, on the required weekly readings. The aim is to critically engage with the readings as a way of developing individual positions on the issues that they raise.2.Assignment 1: In the first weeks of the seminar, and by way of introduction to each other, you will be invited to select an urban design project from a city you know well, such as your hometown, that you consider a good example of urban design. Tell us why you consider it urban design? Why is it successful? What are its weaknesses? The presentation should take a critical approach, and must be limited to five-minutes in duration. 3.Assignment 2: At the end of the semester you will be asked to make a second 10-minute presentation that uses issues raised in the course to reflect critically on the previous presentation.GRADING1.Class participation (30%)2.Response Papers (40%)3.Assignment 1 (10%)4.Assignment 2 (20%)Late assignments will not be accepted unless agreed in advance with the instructors or, in the case of illness, accompanied with a medical certificate.


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05210: Cities by Design I (SES 0521000)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund - Piper

Instructor(s)
Rahul Mehrotra, Joan Busquets, Jose Castillo, Felipe Correa, Fares El-Dahdah, Alex Krieger, A. Hashim Sarkis

Course Description

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


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