GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012

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Courses taught by Eve Blau

04359: Urban Form: History + Theory (HIS 0435900)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 124

Instructor(s)
Eve Blau

Course Description

The course is historical and theoretical. It is concerned with the economic, social, and political factors that shape urban processes and environments and the efforts of individual actors, interventions, conceptual models, and practices to comprehend, gain control over, regulate, and reshape those processes and environments. The course will span the period from the First Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century, through the Second (technological) Revolution in the late 19th century and the Third (information) Revolution in the last quarter of the 20th century. The focus is on Europe and North America. The emphasis of this critical history is on the dialogic relationship between urban planning and urban design and the technological, economic, political, and cultural contexts and institutions in which they operate.


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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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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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