GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012

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Courses taught by Michael Hooper

05468: Advanced Workshop in Participatory Urban Planning and Design (SES 0546800)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar Workshop - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 11:30 - 1:00   40 Kirkland 1C
Monday 4:00 - 6:00   ILAB

Instructor(s)
Michael Hooper

Course Description

This workshop combines seminar and studio elements. In weekly seminar sessions, students discuss key readings on the theory and practice of participatory planning and design, drawing on both developed and developing country experience. In weekly studio sessions, students then tackle applied planning and design challenges facing marginalized Boston communities. The studio will be held in conjunction with students in the Kennedy School's DPI 682 (Solving Problems Using Technology) and in partnership with the Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. In small interdisciplinary teams, students from both courses will work with clients to solve pressing urban problems. The teams will bring together graduate students with interests in planning, design, technology and policy. Seminar sessions will take place at the GSD and shared studio meetings will be held at the Harvard Innovation Lab on the Allston Campus.

The workshop will be limited to 15 students. Students should be willing to work interdisciplinary and to combine theoretical and applied aspects of participatory planning and design.


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09204: Preparation for Independent Thesis Proposal for MUP, MAUD, or MLAUD (ADV 0920400)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits
Friday 9:00 - 12:00   20 Sumner 1A
Friday 9:00 - 12:00   20 Sumner 1C

Instructor(s)
Michael Hooper

Course Description

This seminar is intended to provide the theoretical and methodological foundation for completing a graduate thesis in the Department of Urban Planning and Design. By the end of the semester students will have produced a solid thesis proposal and have the necessary intellectual foundation to complete their thesis by the end of the academic year. Over the semester, students will identify and refine their thesis topic, solidify their relationship with a thesis advisor and produce a thesis proposal. Weekly sessions will involve discussions of relevant readings and exploration of emergent student work. As a forum for the exchange of work in progress, the seminar will allow students to share their ideas and get feedback on the development of their thesis from their peers, visiting critics and reviewers, and faculty. The seminar will begin by introducing the thesis as a conceptual frame and by identifying the key elements that cut across the different types of theses that might be produced by students, whether textual, design-focused or based in some other medium, such as film. It will then address the following issues, among others: topic and question identification, research methods, case selection, the craft of thesis production, managing the student-advisor relationship and techniques for verbally defending a thesis. Students will complete weekly assignments relevant to their thesis and present in class on most weeks. Since the seminar will be run as a graduate seminar, students will be expected to provide critical and thoughtful responses to their peers’ work and engage in informed and mature discussion of the issues found in the readings. The course will include a mid-term and final review of students’ proposals, to be attended by faculty and critics.
 


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09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)

Architecture
Research Seminar - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
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, Allen Sayegh

Course Description

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.


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

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

Instructor(s)
Diane Davis, Richard T.T. Forman, Michael Hooper, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Allen Sayegh, Jesse Shapins, Krzysztof Wodiczko

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 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.


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