GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012

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Courses taught by Felipe Correa

01605: A Line in the Andes: Rethinking Quito through its sub-surface (STU 0160500)

Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00  

Felipe Correa

Course Description

This option studio examines how the introduction of a new metro transit system can serve as the backbone for the development of more comprehensive urban interventions within the context of a mid-size South American capital city. The studio will explore how the stations of a new mass transit system, soon to be implemented in Quito (Ecuador), can become epicenters of a much richer and varied programmatic brief. 
The new “metro” project, conceived as a 15 station / 23 kilometer long line, will serve as a central spine further complemented by existing and new rapid bus lines along the east-west corridors in the city. Such an unprecedented project in the context of a topographically complex geography presents the current administration with an immense logistical challenge. More importantly, the project opens up a significant opportunity to rethink portions of the city beyond the basic requirements of the metro in order to capitalize on the urban opportunities an infrastructural project of this scope and ambition can bring to the city. This joint Architecture and Urban Design Studio will take the surface footprints of the sub-surface network (the metro stations) as focal points for new centralities in the city that can establish a spatial framework for a more ambitious transformative process in the city. The studio will consider how an expanded programmatic toolkit, one that goes beyond the mono-functional objective of simply solving a transportation deficiency in the city, may incorporate into the system a larger set of cultural, educational and recreational facilities synthesized in precise design projects. The armature of the new metro system can result in a far more ambitious and comprehensive network of collective spaces with diverse scales and areas of influence. The research and pedagogical bearings of the studio will focus on how small and intermediate scale interventions, heavily driven by sectional articulations, can take advantage of the “metro” system in order to establish a constellation of projects that, through accretion, can exercise substantial change at a metropolitan scale.

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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

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. The ways in which the terrain, geography, and infrastructural development constrain and present opportunities for the city’s development and ambitions.
2.The city’s planning and design culture and decision-making institutions.
3.The challenges that social equity present to planning and design in the city.
4.The orchestration of the city’s relationship to the broader region.
5.How the particular city contributes to a definition of the ‘urban’ condition.
6.The framing and design of key urban projects/ case studies.
7.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.

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

Independent Study - 4 credits

Peter Del Tredici, 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, 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

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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