GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012

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Courses taught by Andreas Georgoulias

05493: The Archeology of Civic Sustenance: Sea-Side Developments in the Gulf (SES 0549300)

Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 510

Instructor(s)
Andreas Georgoulias

Course Description

This sponsored-research seminar will address sustainable urban development at the onset of industrial revolution. Going beyond just documenting passive environmental design strategies, the very notion of sustainability will come into question, encompassing social, economic, political and cultural factors. The context of study consists of five principal cities around the Persian Gulf waters: Doha in Qatar, Muscat in Oman, Manama in Bahrain, Kuwait City in Kuwait, and Basra in Iraq. Sharing a common contextual basis, social and demographic interlinkages, and harsh climatic conditions, these five cities have sustained their populations for centuries.
Defined through its thematic and regional axes, the seminar will examine the urban evolution of these five cities, from the first permanent settlements to the creation of urban cores, public buildings, commercial spaces and neighborhoods. Focusing primarily on the period from 1800 up to the 1950s, historic city plans, neighborhood analyses, building typologies and construction techniques will be studied and juxtaposed so as to facilitate a comparative understanding of the forces shaping a sustainable urbanization. To augment the dialectics of this comparative effort, environmental, social and economic data and dimensions will be included. From global political forces, oil exploration and military conflict, to changes in life style, we will strive to identify the logic behind the sustainable evolution of the city.
This seminar is part of the Gulf Encyclopedia for Sustainable Urbanism sponsored research project. As such, substantial original material will be provided and several researchers will address specific dimensions of their expertise as guest speakers. Students in teams will work on each of the five cities. Each team will analyze, address and present the specific reasons, mechanisms, techniques, events and circumstances that sustained urbanization in their city. In conclusion, the Archeology of Civic Sustenance seminar will have much more of a projective, speculative and inquisitive nature. Students from all degrees and concentrations are welcome.
Professor Spiro Pollalis, principal investigator of the research, will be a guest lecturer in the seminar.
 
 


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06328: In Search of Design through Engineers (SCI 0632800)

Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 109

Instructor(s)
Hanif Kara, Andreas Georgoulias

Course Description

This course aims to teach, stimulate and demonstrate "design led" opportunities that exist in the zone between Architecture and Engineering, through the paradigm of Design Engineering. Positioned within the space of interdisciplinary boundaries, the course invites both GSD and MIT students to encourage and pioneer a joint, interdisciplinary discourse.
Eight high profile projects, won as design competitions and subsequently constructed, act as the platform to expand the thinking on:


The course structure covers a broad spectrum of architectural approaches that allow students to respond to each unique derivative position, from concept to construction. Through substantial and unpublished original material, students will engage with the early conceptual stages through to the detailed design process and construction. During the course, several project architect(s) from the cases will participate in the discussion.
Case studies will be studied in thematic modules, with each module lasting 4-5 sessions. Through fast design exercises, analysis, interaction and team work, students will become part of the project team in the most critical design decisions. Student work consists of two team assignments and a final design project. Student teams will be assigned for each assignment and present their analyses in class. The final design project will be a team project, and it will bring together all the themes of the course through the task of designing an architecture pavilion.
Case studies:
Highcross project, Ravensbourne college (FOA) & 2010 Shanghai Expo UK Pavilion (Heatherwick); Angel Building (AHMM), Heelis - National Trust HQ (FCB Studios) & Masdar city Phase 1 (Foster+ Partners); Phaeno Centre (Zaha Hadid) & Queen Mary Student Housing (FCB Studios)
 
 
 


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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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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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