GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:54:06.
Courses taught by Richard T.T. Forman
06241: Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies III: Introduction to Ecology (SCI 0624100)
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 10:00 - 11:30 Gund 109
Wednesday 2:30 - 5:30 Gund 109
The science of ecology is introduced through the lenses of local sites, urban areas, and broad landscapes. Key motifs during the course include basic ecological principles, spatial patterns and field observations, as well as the practical application of these principles to real world problems. Understanding how spatial patterns are linked to functional flows and movements is critically important to ecological studies, as is the study of how ecosystems change over time. The ecology of plants and animals found in both urban and natural ecosystems receive special emphasis and field studies highlight ecological as well as horticultural perspectives.
Pedagogic goals. The overarching goal is for students to develop a solid understanding of the basic principles of ecology, i.e., the study of how organisms interact with the environment, that are especially useful in the practice of landscape architecture. Emphasis is also placed on direct observation, analysis, and application of the ecological principles at different spatial scales in both natural and urban habitats. In addition, recognition of distinctive spatial, functional, and change patterns in the landscape is highlighted.
Basis of grades. 40% four short exercises; 30% final main exercise (2 parts); 30% attendance, participation, and other evidence of learning (15% class; 15% field studies)
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
Allen Sayegh, Neil Brenner, Jana Cephas, Diane Davis, Gareth Doherty, Richard T.T. Forman, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Timothy Hyde, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Miho Mazereeuw, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Christoph Reinhart, Holly Samuelson, Andrew Witt
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 - 0 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 courseworkTheoretical/Position component-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 Practical/Experimental componentThis 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.