GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012

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Courses taught by Andrea Hansen

01401: The Catalytic Landscape: Body, Culture, and the Visual Environment (STU 0140100)

Landscape Architecture
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
This course has an IRREGULAR meeting schedule. Please see full course description.
Wednesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00  

Martha Schwartz, Andrea Hansen, Andrew Zientek

Course Description

CATALYST, or its original Greek word CATALYSIS contains an ambiguity essential to the position of this studio. In chemistry, the word catalyst alludes to an inducing substance that causes or accelerates a reaction, yet its original usage meant dissolution and destruction. By combining these meanings, the word may be used to describe an intervention whose effects extend beyond its own corporeal, immediate boundary.

We are interested in the catalytic potential of intensive landscape interventions on existing small-scale sites as mechanisms for precipitating comprehensive change, whether of an individual, cultural, or urban nature. In other words, this studio embraces an “anti-masterplanning” approach to the design and regeneration of cities. Rather than starting at a large scale and working down, we begin with the individual, because ecology can be fundamentally considered a question of personal values, aesthetics, and experience. More specifically, we seek a focused engagement capable of transforming the immediate realm AS FOUND—a realm being defined as the individual, experiential body as well as our local, visceral environment.

The questions posed by working and thinking at the scale of the human body are such: What is the role and relationship of the BODY to the CITY? And, HOW and WHY can human-scaled installations help instigate large-scale change?

Andre Zientek will serve as studio assistant.
Course Schedule: Wednesday / Thursday 2:00 - 6:00 pm (plus additional dates below)
M** 12th MS Desk Crits
T** 13th MS, AH Desk Crits
M** 19th MS, AZ Pre-Final Review – Dry Run
T** 20th MS, AH Desk Crits
M** 26th MS Desk Crist
T** 27th MS, AH Desk Crits
M** 3rd MS Desk Crits
T** 4th MS, AH Desk Crits
**Irregular dates: if students have course conflicts, they can schedule individual desk crit time with Martha and/or meet with Andrea on W/Th

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02241: Landscape Representation III: Landform and Ecological Process (VIS 0224100)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Thursday 8:30 - 11:30   Gund 111

Andrea Hansen, Bradley Cantrell

Course Description

Landscape Representation III seeks to examine the fundamental relationship between landform and the dynamic landscape processes it supports and engenders. Through in-depth study of the methods in which these processes are understood, conveyed, and graphically communicated, the course builds upon topics covered in Landscape Representation I and II by focusing on a diverse body of representational models, both past and present, that position landscape architecture as an expanded field involving science, art, architecture, urban design, and philosophy. To accompany precedent study, the course engages in advanced exploration of digital media, with an emphasis on responsive, performative, and indexical methodologies as well as fluid transitions between documentation and speculation, 2D and 3D, static and dynamic, and digital and analog media.

Course topics are organized thematically and range from mapping ecological systems to illustrating time-based processes, from manipulating and extracting topographical datasets to generating intelligent terrain models, from synthesizing geological, ecological, and hydrological processes to depicting the flows, flux, and ephemera of floral and faunal communities. Through simulation, conjecture, and graphic extraction, these physical and temporal landscape processes will be examined at multiple scales, with particular attention paid to the complexities of large-scale sites in order to complement core coursework in the MLA third term.

Weekly lectures and lab exercises will provide the foundation for the group’s collective exploration, research, and discussion. Through a series of working labs, students will be exposed to an expanded set of digital and analog techniques for analyzing and expressing landform and process as a means of advancing both technical and conceptual ability. This format aims to establish fluency in conceptual, organizational, and formal expression as well as to provide a point of departure for an in-depth awareness of landscape precedents and representational techniques.

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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 0 credits

Iñaki Abalos, Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Anita Berrizbeitia, Eve Blau, Preston Scott Cohen, Jill Desimini, Gareth Doherty, Ann Forsyth, Andreas Georgoulias, Andrea Hansen, K. Michael Hays, Michael Herzfeld, Eric Howeler, Christopher Hoxie, Jane Hutton, Mariana Ibanez, Florian Idenburg, Jerold Kayden, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Rahul Mehrotra, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Mark Mulligan, John Nastasi, Erkin Ozay, Chris Reed, Ingeborg Rocker, A. Hashim Sarkis, Mack Scogin, Jorge Silvetti, Raymond Torto, Andrew Witt, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cameron Wu, Diane Davis, 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.

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