GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012

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Courses taught by Niall Kirkwood

06242: Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies IV (SCI 0624200)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 109

Instructor(s)
Niall Kirkwood, Pierre Bélanger

Course Description

GSD 6242 Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies IV addresses the interdependence between site, technology and design in landscape architecture. The ambitions of the course are to develop a broader understanding of technologies in landscape architecture, to explore technology’s relationship to applied ecology and environmental and civil engineering and how this can result in more progressive and creative landscape design work. This course profiles a series of advanced practices, projects and processes concerned with Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies and related to landscapes constructed on different soils, structures and slab conditions. Introducing basic concepts and vocabularies as well as advanced methods and metrics, each weekly topic will index a series of in-depth processes and cutting-edge practices about the ecological engineering of urban environments. Guest Lectures are accompanied by readings focused on a series of topics that are specifically related to the design and management of urban hydrological flow across the full gamut of urban watersheds. With an emphasis on decentralized stormwater systems, each weekly subject forms a consistent and cumulative level of knowledge that focuses on water flows across surface and subsurface conditions, as well as hydrological patterns across a gradient of dry and wet eco-topes. From micro- to macro-levels, and from patches to corridors to networks, a range of urban sites are addressed ranging from vegetal roofs and green facades, rain gardens, phyto plots and retention ponds, bioswales & filter strips, ravines and riparian zones, tidal marshes and coastal wetlands, lagoons and estuaries.
 
 


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09108: PHYTO Remediation and Rebuilding Technologies in the Landscape (ADV 0910800)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday 10:00 - 1:00   40 Kirkland 1C

Instructor(s)
Niall Kirkwood, Kathryn Kennen

Course Description


GSD 9108 is a research seminar, speculative in nature and broad in scope that requires students to take part in a joint exploration with the instructors on the topic of plant based contaminate cleanup.
This course will build a current view of phyto-technology and the use of sustainable plant-based approaches to site remediation and rebuilding through an understanding of the science of bioremediation, new research on hyper-accumulator vegetation, potential opportunities and conversely limitations of phyto-technology, and investigations into productive site design utilizing a range of natural cleanup technologies. The ambition of the course is to bridge the critical science and engineering associated with phyto-technology site applications and its effective design use in the field. Phyto-technologies have the capacity to play a significant role in transforming contaminated urban land providing a more sustainable choice for land planning. They can also be used to help buffer the non-contaminated site, where the risk of pollution could be possible, create fuel as biomass renewable energy and participate in ensuring food crop safety. However, the science that lies behind phyto-technology has been found to be cryptic and difficult to implement. The intent of this seminar is to translate the research and field studies into a format useful for the design practitioner. The first half of the course will delve into the science and regulatory issues around phytotechnology, and the second will focus on an applied workshop and case studies to understand particular contaminates and consider the potential environmental, spatial, cultural and aesthetic qualities of this productive vegetation.


 
 


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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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