GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012
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Courses taught by K. Michael Hays
04432: Refolding the Baroque (HIS 0443200)
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Thursday 2:00 - 5:00 Gund 510
Misshapen pearl or postmodernist morphology? Stylistic category or generative design principle? Historically-grounded worldview or radical aesthetic credo? The panoply of Baroque concepts in architectural design and theory seems as much tied to the fact of the Baroque’s presumptive status as anti-modernist and anti-classical as to its apparent eclipse as a valid historical category. The Baroque remains, in the words of many a contemporary critic, a “historiographical monstrosity.” For more than a few theorists, the Baroque stands as a crucial point of focus both in poststructuralist thought and for those who inherited the interpretive models that such thought produced. While for those historians who increasingly favor the anodyne precision evoked by “the long seventeenth century,” the Baroque has become an unfashionable term all the while still signaling monarchical absolutism, Counter-reformation fervor, colonial expansion and Newtonian science.
Whether Baroque forms translate into curves and ellipses, infinite variability, cavernous effects, bombastic irregularities, the treatment of matter by aggregates, the rounding off of angles, the avoidance of straight lines, the tendency of matter to overflow beyond spatial boundaries and thereby aim at folds and fluidity-or, as Wölfflin lyrically once wrote, “the elaboration of a whorl that feeds endlessly on new turbulences”-the revitalized grammar of Baroque mentalities has set the stage for conditions of possibility whose semantic dimensions are only beginning to be assessed. With close readings of selected architectural projects and theoretical texts, this seminar will pursue such assessment.
04475: Case Studies in Critical Conservation: Architecture and Urban Design (HIS 0447500)
Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00 Gund 124
Case studies in the conservation of selected buildings and city fabrics presented by experts in the field provide the focus for discussions of contemporary conservation strategies and techniques, as well as of theoretical texts on postcolonialism, conflict space and counter-heritage, tourism, and the social imaginary. Participants in this seminar will research and analyze additional cases to present to the class.
09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)
Independent Study - 4 credits
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
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.
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
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
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.
09305: Master of Design Studies Final Project (ADV 0930500)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 8 credits
The Final Project will consist of a theoretical/position component, and of a practical/experimental component. The scope of each of the two components will be determined according to the student's preference, and considering the specific character of the project in consultation with the area coordinator and the advisor. In exceptional cases the final project may be solely based on (expanded in scope and ambition) a theoretical component. A theoretical, written component is required for all final projects. The final project is equivalent to 8 units of coursework.
- A written document presenting the original contribution to, and original argument for your artistic/design/research project defended within the context of current discourses in relevant disciplinary fields.
The theoretical argument must present the original methodology of the project and position it in relation to:
- Relevant present day artistic and design practices and their specific methodologies
- Relevant theoretical and critical discourses (including your elaborations on relevant 'pro' and 'contra' positions)
- The relevant historical tradition.
This component involves an original artistic/design project conceived, developed and presented as a public presentation, exhibition, installation, performance, action, and intervention in a physical or/and electronic space. The public presentation is a crucial part of the final project and is required. The Final Project's printed presentation as publishable document (that contains the theoretical argument and a graphic and textual presentation of the practical/experimental component)is also required.
09506: Thesis Extension in Satisfaction of Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950600)
Independent Study - 16 credits
Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.