GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:54:38.
Courses taught by Jorge Silvetti
01314: Ruins, Memory and the Imagination (STU 0131400)
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00
This studio will navigate the turbulent waters where the currents of History and Architecture converge. While such merger has been a constant impulse in architecture’s progress through the ages, our studio happens at a peculiar moment when such relationship has acquired a very unique character. Indeed, as in no other time as in the present we have found Architecture in such perplexing contradictory relationship with History: on the one hand the practice of architecture is under intense social and political pressures to relate positively to “a history” (be it to its own, to the history of a given context or to that of a narrative, just to name the most common cases that dominate the field), while on the other, the discipline of architecture has become utterly indifferent, even oblivious to history itself. This will be a studio in which such disconcerting dichotomy between a social demand for concurrence and an intellectual stand of divorce will be dealt with by direct engagement with the discourse, polemics and techniques of conservation and heritage policy. In other words, each design would have to take a critical stands vis-a-vis theory, ideology and technology.
Specifically, we will be looking at intervening in a vast, multilayered territory in the Northern Neck of Virginia, whose dense architectural, natural and historical significance need to be reinterpreted by design interventions in order to reveal their stories to all. Some of the topics to be studied and explored would be a) theories and ideologies of historic preservations b), building conservation technology, c) the phenomenon of cultural tourism, d) the tense relationships between historical and ecological conservation, e) contemporary meaning and cultural role of architectural ruins, etc. In particular, three historical layers need to be sorted out and revealed as central themes of interpretation: 1) at its center are the existing architectural ruins of an eighteen century structure and the stories they imply: dense chapters of American history in its revolutionary years, with its cultural manifestations inscribed in the institution of The Plantation and its architecture, 2) the earlier layers of pre-colonial aboriginal occupation of the site by the Rappahonnock Indian Tribe, and 3) the current cultural significance of a rich, imposing natural landscape rich in geological strata, flora and fauna.
The design vehicles will be the requirement to situate and design: i) a Conservation Research Laboratory, ii) a Visitor’s center, iii) a Visitors River Harbor as well as the design of iv) all elements necessary to structure and present the site narratives to the visitor.
This studio could be titled “The Architect as a Story Teller” but that’s the instructor’s title and since the studio promotes individual interpretations, the students should find their own title for the narrative they would develop.
Students will be urged to enroll in the concurrent course “04475: Case Studies in Critical Conservation: Architecture and Cities” for which they will receive preferential enrollment.
A partially funded three-day visit to the one thousand acre site in Virginia’s is tentatively planned in February.
Eligibility: This is a content-laden studio, so Architecture Students interested in theory, history, and in the practice of intellectual argumentation are encouraged to take it. Also students with interest in American Social and Political history would find the course highly stimulating. Conversely, students seeking mostly to be trained on or test design techniques (i.e. digital, construction, material, formal, sustainable, etc.) will not find this studio propitious for their interests: while all such interests could be included and exercised in the studio for the generation of ideas and architectural design they will not be its driving forces. Finally, while my studios have always been open to students from all other departments, I want all eligible students to know that this year the emphasis I would like to promote in the studio will mostly be focused on how to position the architect in relation to History and to the History of Architecture in particular.
09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Masters Degrees (ADV 0920100)
Independent Study - 4 credits
Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Silvia Benedito, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Diane Davis, Peter Del Tredici, Jill Desimini, Sonja Duempelmann, Ann Forsyth, Chuck Hoberman, Michael Hooper, Eric Howeler, Christopher Hoxie, Florian Idenburg, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Remment Koolhaas, Mark Laird, Christopher Lee, Jonathan Levi, Rahul Mehrotra, Kiel Moe, Ciro Najle, Erkin Ozay, Richard Peiser, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Deidre Schmidt, Jorge Silvetti, James Stockard, Bing Wang, Jay Wickersham, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Martin Bechthold, Jana Cephas, Mark Mulligan, Robert Pietrusko, K. Michael Hays, Rachel Vroman
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 the faculty member sponsoring the study.
09301: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of Degree MArch (ADV 0930100)
Research Seminar - 12 credits
Leire Asensio Villoria, Martin Bechthold, Felipe Correa, Chuck Hoberman, John Hong, Eric Howeler, Mariana Ibanez, Florian Idenburg, Kiel Moe, Toshiko Mori, Mark Mulligan, Jinhee Park, Ingeborg Rocker, Peter Rowe, Jorge Silvetti, Maryann Thompson, Elizabeth Whittaker, Cameron Wu, Preston Scott Cohen, Mack Scogin
Following preparation in GSD 9203, each student conducts a design exploration that tests and expands the thesis.Prerequisites: GSD 9203
09302: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree MAUD, MLAUD, or MUP (ADV 0930200)
Urban Planning and Design
Research Seminar - 8 credits
Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Diane Davis, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Eric Howeler, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Alex Krieger, Kiel Moe, John Nastasi, A. Hashim Sarkis, Jorge Silvetti, James Stockard, Michael Hooper
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.