GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012
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Courses taught by Neil Brenner
03478: Planetary Urbanization: Theoretical Foundations and Frontiers (DES 0347800)
Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00 Gund 505
This seminar is the first in a series of courses that will develop the research agenda of the newly founded Urban Theory Lab-GSD (UTL-GSD)—to investigate the contemporary “urban revolution” that, as Henri Lefebvre anticipated over four decades ago, has entailed the complete urbanization of the entire planet. In the early 21st century, such an investigation requires considerable conceptual and methodological innovation, not least because inherited approaches to urban theory and research take for granted the very distinction between city and non-city spaces that is today being superseded.
Against this background, this seminar is organized into three main parts. First, we survey the legacies of city-centric epistemologies and cartographies in both mainstream (Chicago School) and radical (Marxist) approaches to urban theory. Second, we consider Henri Lefebvre’s pathbreaking interventions of the early 1970s, with particular attention to his core concepts of generalized urbanization, implosion-explosion and planetary space. Third, we consider recent interventions in geography, sociology, architecture, planning and design that advance theory and research on the contemporary problematique of planetary urbanization.
Participants will be required to write weekly reactions to assigned readings. The main assignment will be to develop a research or design proposal that builds upon and extends the major lines of analysis developed in the course.
Future courses in the Project on Urbanization will explore the historical and contemporary geographies of planetary urbanization while developing new conceptual tools and methods for analyzing—and shaping—its local and global crystallizations.
05101: History and Theory of Urban Interventions (SES 0510100)
Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 11:30 - 1:00 Gund 111
This class provides a high-intensity introduction to social scientific and historical-geographical approaches to the process of capitalist urbanization and associated strategies to shape its sociospatial and political-economic organization during the last two centuries. We survey theoretical debates regarding (a) the nature of “cities” and the “urban,” (b) the historical geographies of urbanization and (c) the nature of “planning” as a political-economic, societal and cultural project. Although we focus in some detail on the ideas, visions and practices of urban, regional and territorial planners, we shall embed their activities within the historically and geographically specific constraints, opportunities and struggles associated with each of the major phases of modern capitalist urbanization and associated formations of national state power. In thus proceeding, we explore the conflictual interaction of capitalist firms / property developers, political institutions and social movements at various spatial scales, and consequences of that interaction for the institutional, legal, spatial and ideological terrains of “planning”. The class will also consider some of the key dimensions of contemporary urban restructuring, and their implications for the institutions, projects and practices of planning.
In addition to attending lectures covering the major theoretical and interpretive issues, periodic discussion sections with the Teaching Fellows will also be required. Additionally, students will work collaboratively in small groups to explore some of the key episodes in the development of the fields of urban, regional and territorial planning since the mid-19th century. Course requirements include this group project as well as brief weekly reaction papers on the assigned readings, take-home mid-term and final essays (5-6 pages) on assigned topics, and a final exam.
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
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.
09302: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree MAUD, MLAUD, or MUP (ADV 0930200)
Urban Planning and Design
Research Seminar - 8 credits
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.
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
Allen Sayegh, 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, Panagiotis Michalatos
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.
09305: Master of Design Studies Final Project (ADV 0930500)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 8 credits
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.
- A written document presenting the original contribution to, and original argument for your artistic/design/research project defended within the context of current discourses in relevant disciplinary fields.
The theoretical argument must present the original methodology of the project and position it in relation to:
- Relevant present day artistic and design practices and their specific methodologies
- Relevant theoretical and critical discourses (including your elaborations on relevant 'pro' and 'contra' positions)
- The relevant historical tradition.
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.