GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012

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Courses taught by Christian Werthmann

05343: Disaster Field Lab (SES 0534300)

Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 510

Instructor(s)
Christian Werthmann

Course Description

GSD 5343 will challenge its participants to develop design strategies in the face of great human suffering, political instability, high development pressure and coordination quagmires after a major disaster. It will use the case of Port-au-Prince in Haiti as an overfunded catastrophe with little results to show after almost two years of stalemate. Participants will have to embed anticipatory and remedial factors in their reconstruction thinking, while they have to decide on priorities of action, scale and sector. Project proposals can range from the development of a new incremental housing type or the definition of new working relationships between agencies as long as they can be justified in a clear rationale of importance. That way GSD 5343 is as much a class about orientation skills under extreme hardship as it is about the development of concrete chains of action.

GSD 5343 is a required class for MDes students with the focus Anticipatory Spatial Practices.


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06445: Green Infrastructure in the Non-formal City (SCI 0644500)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 505

Instructor(s)
Christian Werthmann

Course Description


GSD 6445 explores opportunistic design strategies for informal settlements using the case study of Medellin. The study of the miraculous transformation of Medellin and the provision of infrastructure will be the departure point for remedial and anticipatory strategies for the over 250,000 informal settlers who precariously live in the steep hillsides of the Aburra Valley. Topics of erosion, geological risk, water management and food production will be prevalent in the unstable slopes of the metropolis where more land invasions will be expected in the coming 40 years. The class will build up on research that was started between the Social Agency Lab of the GSD and the urbam thinktank of EAFIT, led by the former director of Medellin’s Urban redevelopment Agency, Alejandro Echeverri.  Alejandro will be involved in the class and its findings will be summarized in a report.


 
 
 
 


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