GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012

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Courses taught by Sibel Bozdogan

04408: Situating the Modern: Modern Architecture and Vernacular Traditions (HIS 0440800)

Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 2:30 - 5:30   Gund 109
Monday 4:30 - 5:30   7 Sumner 104

Sibel Bozdogan

Course Description

From National Romanticism in the late 19th century to Critical Regionalism debates in the 1980s, architecture’s ability to evoke a sense of place, locality or cultural (and national) identity has been valued as a form of resistance to the hegemony of supra-national discourses such as imperial Neoclassicism and International Style modernism respectively. Many 20th century architects and theorists have turned to the phenomenological, lyrical, aesthetic and/or humanistic potentials of vernacular architecture as an antidote to the sterility and mechanical world-view of rationalism and functionalism. Recent studies and revisionist histories of modern architecture show that, whether in the form of a romantic search for identity, or a rationalist search for primitive origins, vernacular traditions have always been an integral part of modern architecture. This lecture/seminar course offers a historical overview of modern architecture’s relationship with vernacular traditions over the last century into the present. Adopting a cross-cultural framework that transcends the western/non-western binary, it focuses on particular geographies (especially, but not limited to the Mediterranean basin) that have been historically catalytic in the development of vernacular modernisms and regionalist theories. Challenging reductionist and formalist definitions of vernacular as a category limited to primitive, historically-fixed, non-industrial (and often non-western) building types, it instead seeks to highlight the non-stylistic, communal, democratic, urban and ecological lessons of the vernacular (including modern and industrial vernaculars) and open up a discussion regarding the viability of small-scale, vernacular-inspired local practices in a globally connected world today. Lectures will be complemented by in depth class discussion of key figures, texts and projects. Course requirements are participation in discussions, short reading response papers and a 3000-word final term paper.

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05210: Cities by Design I (SES 0521000)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund - Piper

Rahul Mehrotra, Eve Blau, Sibel Bozdogan, Joan Busquets, Alex Krieger, Robert Lane, A. Hashim Sarkis

Course Description

'Cities by Design' is a year-long course that studies urban form. In the fall semester, 'Cities by Design' will explore six urban case studies to expose students to a range of factors that affect the design of contemporary cities in various geographical contexts. In the spring, the course will look at four cities and conclude with a panel discussion to synthesize the conclusions drawn from cases from the entire year. 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. Term grades will be based on attendance and participation in both lectures and sections, biweekly response papers based on assigned readings, and a final term paper.

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, and 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

No Prerequisites; Course is required of all entering UD students.

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