GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012

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Courses taught by Peter Rowe

04344: Modern Architecture and Urbanism in China (HIS 0434400)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 510

Instructor(s)
Peter Rowe

Course Description

Modernizing influences, largely from the hands of foreign powers, first forcefully entered China in the aftermath of the Opium War and signing of the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842. Since then, China endured a stormy if not tumultuous course of events before finding itself with burgeoning modern industrialization and urbanization, during the contemporary era, as well as a certain ambivalence about the shape of its future identity. Against this historical backdrop, modern architecture and urbanism developed spasmodically, before emerging strongly during the past decade or so. Rather than attempting to provide a continuous and cohesive narrative of these developments, this seminar will concentrate on significant episodes. Of particular interest will be the work of several generations of Chinese architects, as well as that of foreign architects, working in China during various periods. The aim of the course will be to introduce students to this modern work and attitudes, together with cultural influences, which lay behind it. Students will be expected to be prepared for seminar discussion, by undertaking prescribed readings, and to produce an article-length research paper on a pertinent topic. There are no pre requisites.


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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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09118: Urban Formation and Spatial Analysis in East Asian Cities (ADV 0911800)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday 2:00 - 5:00   40 Kirkland 1D

Instructor(s)
Peter Rowe

Course Description

Urban formation among cities and towns in East Asia varies in rate and scale both within and between national settings. China, for example, currently exhibits a bi-polar distribution of both large and smaller settlements by population size, while Japan is dominated by three very large urban agglomerations ,including Tokyo that is the most numerous in the world. Likewise, metropolitan Seoul in South Korea accounts for around forty-five percent of the nation's population, until recently expanding at an unprecedented rate. The character of spatial distribution of settlement also varies with regard to density, compactness, diversity, accessibility, fitedness to environmental conditions, and so on. The aim of this multi-year research seminar, funded by the Eugene Group, is to engage a limited number of students in empirical research of these phenomena, along with exposure to specialized analytical techniques. Focus during the first year will be on South Korea, including through a sponsored field trip. Students will be expected to contribute to a publication in the form of a technical report of research data and findings.


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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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09302: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree MAUD, MLAUD, or MUP (ADV 0930200)

Urban Planning and Design
Research Seminar - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Felipe Correa, Diane Davis, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Michael Hooper, Rahul Mehrotra, Peter Rowe, James Stockard

Course Description

Following preparation in GSD 9204, each student pursues a topic of relevance to urban design or urban planning, which may include design or planning exploration, academic inquiry, or a combination thereof.


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09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)

Architecture
Research Seminar - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Andreas Georgoulias, K. Michael Hays, Timothy Hyde, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Rahul Mehrotra, Kiel Moe, Mohsen Mostafavi, Richard Peiser, Christoph Reinhart, Peter Rowe, Allen Sayegh, Panagiotis Michalatos

Course Description

A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent 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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