GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012

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Courses taught by Rahul Mehrotra

01508: Extreme Urbanisms II: Speculations and Alternative Futures for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (STU 0150800)

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

Instructor(s)
Rahul Mehrotra, Gareth Doherty

Course Description


The studio will engage with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) as its site for enquiry, research, and design propositions. The pedagogical thrust of the studio is to explore the potential for urban design and planning as well as landscape, architecture, and real estate as instruments for spatial imaginations at the metropolitan scale. This studio will be the first of a three-year thematic exploration of the Mumbai region which will range from looking at infrastructure and ecology, to questions of housing, urban systems and form. The studio will have both research and design components that will focus on a menu of predetermined questions with regional implications. Project formulation will be an important component of the studio. The studio will explore issues of extreme urbanism in the form of social, cultural, and economic disparities and how these manifest themselves in the MMR. Social interactions, public space and the broader issue of how design and planning can facilitate new imaginations for the metropolitan region will be central to the discussions. The intent will be to evolve new understandings of the contemporary potential of the MMR and to position urban design and planning as well as landscape, architecture, and real estate as instruments for a broader strategy plan that is more nuanced in terms of the ecologies that it recognizes and socially inclusive in its propositionary dimension. The studio is open to all departments at the GSD, and will collaborate with the Loeb Fellowship and MDesS programs as well as students and faculty from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Law School.

 
 
 
 


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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

Instructor(s)
K. Michael Hays, Rahul Mehrotra

Course Description

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.


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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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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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