GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012

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Courses taught by Jeffrey Schnapp

09115: Bibliotheca II: The Library Test Kitchen (ADV 0911500)

Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Thursday 11:30 - 2:00   Gund L12

Jeffrey Schnapp, Jeff Goldenson

Course Description

Note: Dual enrollment in 09115 Bibliotheca II and Moneo’s 03211 Behind Todays Architectural Trends is possible.

Bibibliotheca II: Library Test Kitchen builds off the momentum of Fall’s Bibliotheca seminar. The original Bibliotheca is not a prerequisite.

What form should the Harvard Library of the 21st century assume? Should it simply vanish into virtual desktops and merge into a timeless and placeless universal database? Should it alter its identity and become a workshop, a laboratory, an innovation incubator where emerging and future forms interact and dialogue with the relics of the past? Or should it simply merge with the university itself as a place of knowledge production and reproduction?

The Library Test Kitchen:
This is a seminar about making. We will focus on designing, building and deploying products, services & experiences, broadly defined, to the Harvard Library community. After a brief crash-course in library theory and practice, we will begin creative work. As projects gel, students will deploy them in “Test Kitchens” - partner libraries, such as the Loeb and Widener Libraries, that allocate portions of their public space to these experiments.

Generous funding will be provided by Prof. Robert Darnton and the Library Lab for the creation of Library Test Kitchen projects. Funds will be available on a kickstarter-style video application basis.

This course is an experimental collaboration providing special support and access to funds. We expect students to publicly document their progress and projects.

Example projects:

·The reference desk
·The in-library cellphone booth
·Signage & wayfinding
·Information capture - moving data from books to devices
·Strategies to make a library with 73 branches feel unified

Selected provocations/discussion topics:

·The library as university appliance
·The noisy library
·The library as co-working environment
·The library where new media acts like old media and old media acts like new
·The library where the atomic unit is no longer the book
·The library meets: coffeeshop / townhall / museum / theater / speak-easy
·The messy library
·The self-organizing library

Courseware site (Canvas)

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.

Courseware site (Canvas)

09305: Master of Design Studies Final Project (ADV 0930500)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 8 credits

Neil Brenner, K. Michael Hays, Erika Naginski, Jeffrey Schnapp, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Sanford Kwinter

Course Description

The Final Project will consist of a theoretical/position component, and of a practical/experimental component. The scope of each of the two components will be determined according to the student's preference, and considering the specific character of the project in consultation with the area coordinator and the advisor. In exceptional cases the final project may be solely based on (expanded in scope and ambition) a theoretical component. A theoretical, written component is required for all final projects. The final project is equivalent to 8 units of coursework.

Theoretical/Position component

The theoretical argument must present the original methodology of the project and position it in relation to:

This component involves an original artistic/design project conceived, developed and presented as a public presentation, exhibition, installation, performance, action, and intervention in a physical or/and electronic space. The public presentation is a crucial part of the final project and is required. The Final Project's printed presentation as publishable document (that contains the theoretical argument and a graphic and textual presentation of the practical/experimental component)is also required.


Courseware site (Canvas)

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