GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012

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Courses taught by A. Hashim Sarkis

05211: Cities by Design II (SES 0521100)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 111

Instructor(s)
Rahul Mehrotra, Eve Blau, Jana Cephas, Felipe Correa, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis

Course Description

No Prerequisites. The year-long Cities by Design course is mandatory for all incoming 2011-12 Master’s of Urban Design Students. All other students are welcome to enroll in the course by semester, and need not do so in sequence.
‘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.  The Spring Case Studies include: Quito, Detroit, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Berlin. These are distinct from those presented during Fall 2011.   
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 growth.

  2. 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 city. 

  5. The orchestration of the city’s relationship to the broader region.

  6. How the particular city contributes to a definition of the ‘urban’ condition.

  7. 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.


Term grades will be based on attendance and participation in both lectures and section discussions, biweekly response papers based on assigned readings, and a final term paper. 
Faculty for Spring 2012 to include: Rahul Mehrotra (course coordinator), with Eve Blau, Jana Cephas, Felipe Correa, Michael Hooper, Peter Rowe, and Hashim Sarkis. Head Teaching Fellow: Delia Duong Ba Wendel. Research Associate: Victor M. Sanz. Teaching Assistant: Anthony Sullivan.  
 
 
 


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09109 [M4]: Advanced Research Seminar: School for Year 2030 (ADV 0910900)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 2 credits
This course is a module. It lasts the second half of the semester only.
This course has an IRREGULAR meeting schedule. Please see full course description.
Wednesday 9:00 - 12:00   Gund 517
Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00   Gund - Gropius

Instructor(s)
Erkin Ozay, A. Hashim Sarkis

Course Description

What might American education look like in the year 2030? By that time, today’s newborns will become college freshmen. The task of looking ahead at today's American educational system is an opportunity to think the long-range future through collaboration between the disciplines of Design and Education.
In the first part of the seminar, Hashim Sarkis, Chair of the Research Advancement Initiative (RAI Labs), as well as Deborah Jewell-Sherman of the Harvard Graduate School of Education will propose a series of lectures addressing the future of education in relation to school facility typologies, community models, technology, and sustainability.
In the last part of the seminar, students from the Graduate School of Design and the Graduate School of Education will collaborate as "designers" and "clients" in a pedagogical exercise focusing on developing an intervention strategy for an existing Boston school or a design proposal for a new facility. The outcome of this common workshop will be exposed in a final presentation at the end of the seminar.
Prerequisite: Restricted to GSD students enrolled in the RAI labs and HGSE students only.
IRREGULAR meeting schedule:
02/29 9-12 and 2-3
03/07 9-12 and 2-3
03/21 9-12 and 2-3
03/28 9-12 and 2-3
04/04 9-12 and 2-3
04/11 9-12
04/18 9-12
04/25 9-12 Final Review
 
 
 


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09121: New Geographies Lab Research Seminar (ADV 0912100)

Urban Planning and Design
Research Seminar - 4 credits
This course has an IRREGULAR meeting schedule. Please see full course description.

Instructor(s)
A. Hashim Sarkis

Course Description

The course invites the students to examine emerging agglomerations of settlement that that transcend the limitations of the global city, or cosmopolis.

 
Much of the literature about urban development today presents cosmopolis as the inevitable outcome of globalization with which we have to contend. World migration patterns towards the urban, collective ecological risks, and the global economy are generating intense but ultimately undesirable cities. We have benefited enormously from two decades of rigorous documentation and analysis of this condition, but this literature persists in describing these phenomena within the confines of nation states, through gradients of density and centrality such as urban-suburban-rural and with conventional land-use categories that overlook many of the radically different morphologies and typologies that are emerging. Ultimately, many of these methodologies compromise the originality and potentials of emerging forms of settlement.

 
The course starts with the premise that emerging agglomerations could provide clear alternatives if studied through different parameters and without the prejudice towards the “urban.” In parallel with a set of readings and discussions, the students will proceed to analyze specific case studies and to model them using larger regional and trans-regional criteria. The aim of the course is to generate a repertoire of new categories of settlement within which architectural interventions could be more effective.

 
Geography as Paradigm:
Increasingly designers are being compelled to address and transform larger contexts and to give these contexts more legible and expressive form. New problems are being placed on the tables of designers (e.g.: infrastructure, urban systems, regional and rural questions).

 
Problems that had been confined to the domains of engineering, ecology, or regional planning are now looking for articulation by design. This situation has opened up a range of technical and formal possibilities that had been out of reach for designers. The need to address these 'geographic' aspects has also encouraged designers to re-examine their tools and to develop means to link together attributes that had been understood to be either separate from each other or external to their disciplines. (For example, in the past decade, different versions of landscape urbanism have emerged in response to similar challenges).

 
Yet engaging the geographic does not only mean a shift in scale. This has also come to affect the formal repertoire of architecture, even at a smaller scale, with more architects becoming interested in forms that reflect the geographic connectedness of architecture, by its ability to bridge between the very large and the very small (networks and frameworks) or to provide forms that embody geographic references (e.g.: continuous surfaces, environmentally integrated buildings).

 
Curiously, while most of the research around these different attributes has tended to be quite intense, the parallel tracks of inquiry have remained disconnected. For example, the discussion about continuous surfaces in architecture ignores the importance of continuity of ground in landscape ecology. The seminar does not propose that a common cause is driving these different geographic tendencies but it does insist that a synthesis is possible, even necessary, in order to expand on the formal possibilities of architecture and its social role.

 
This makes the need to articulate the geographic paradigm all the more urgent because the role of synthesis that geography aspired to play between the physical, the economic, and the social is now being increasingly delegated to design.

 
The aim of the course is to expose the workings of this latent paradigm and to help articulate and direct them towards a more productive synthesis. Even though the term geographic is used primarily in a metaphorical way to designate a connection to the physical context, the paradigm does overlap with the discipline of geography. Some clarification is necessary in this respect in order to benefit from the overlap while avoiding confusion. The history of geography is strongly linked to the history of discovery and colonization. The instruments for the discovery of territory were extended into its documentation and then, in turn, were extended into its appropriation and transformation. And yet the discipline has evolved to become more diverse and broad, to become institutionalized around geographic societies; to split into human and physical geography producing very different approaches and even subject matters; then to disintegrate (as in the case of Harvard) and migrate into other disciplines (sociology, public health, information systems); and then to be revived around central contemporary issues such as globalization. The paradigmatic role of geography in our thinking about design in this course could be taken in the narrower sense of geographic as being an attempt to study the relationship between the social and the physical at a larger territorial scale but also to attempt a synthesis along the lines of ‘high’ geography by design. It may be an exaggeration to propose that something like a geographic attitude, both in method and in content, is guiding different str


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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Iñaki Abalos, Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Daniel D'Oca, Gareth Doherty, Andreas Georgoulias, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Andrea Hansen, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Eric Howeler, Timothy Hyde, Niall Kirkwood, Sanford Kwinter, David Mah, Panagiotis Michalatos, Mark Mulligan, Ciro Najle, Ken Tadashi Oshima, Richard Peiser, Chris Reed, Ingeborg Rocker, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Allen Sayegh, Jeffrey Schnapp, James Stockard, Maryann Thompson, Charles Waldheim, Bing Wang, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Peter Del Tredici, Martin Bechthold

Course Description

Students may take a maximum of 8 credit units with different instructors in this course series.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Candidates may arrange individual work focusing on subjects or issues that are of interest to them but are not available through regularly offered course work. Students must submit an independent study petition and secure approval of their advisor and of the faculty member sponsoring the study.


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09503: Preparation of Doctoral Thesis Proposal (ADV 0950300)

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Charles Waldheim, Spiro Pollalis, Anita Berrizbeitia

Course Description

Under faculty guidance, the student conducts a reading program and formulates a thesis proposal. The course is intended for doctoral students.


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09504: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950400)

Architecture
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Anita Berrizbeitia, Richard Peiser, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Charles Waldheim, Martin Bechthold, Christoph Reinhart, Spiro Pollalis

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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09506: Thesis Extension in Satisfaction of Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950600)

Landscape Architecture
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, K. Michael Hays, Judith Grant Long, Antoine Picon, Christoph Reinhart, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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