GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Joan Busquets

01604: Chicago Grid: In Search For New Paradigms (STU 0160400)

Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
This course has an IRREGULAR meeting schedule. Please see full course description.
Tuesday Wednesday 2:00 - 6:00  

Joan Busquets

Course Description

Chicago can be seen as a paradigm city for its rapid growth and transformation, its economic importance and its innovative contributions to the techniques of urban design and planning. Many cities have studied its seminal episodes as a source of inspiration and reference.

The potential of its strategic geographical position, with the system of lakes and the canal, allowed it to build a strong port and growth based partly on the urban grid and partly on the territorial grid designed by Jefferson. This provided an efficient, versatile base for formation and transformation for different uses, creating a very dense central space with the use of infrastructures on exciting multi-levels.

The Studio will seek to interpret this evolution from various viewpoints. These include the evaluation of seminal projects in the city’s construction, such as the proposals of Olmsted, Lloyd Wright, Burnham, Jensen, Griffin, Wacker, Mies-Hilberseimer and SOM. Recent processes in public space such as Grant Park highlight the importance of these strategies.

The Studio aims to present an experimental approach to the reality of Chicago, taking as a hypothesis the value of city design at the intermediate scale.

This is one way of responding to the needs of the emerging urbanistic culture, where judicious use of energy and the correct formulation of the urban metabolism guarantee a more sustainable, harmonious city. In this respect, strategies of reclassification and densification will be models to experiment with. Chicago is, then, an excellent case study capable of suggesting new paradigms of city design.
Course format and Method:
The Studio is part of a much wider research project on “Revisiting the Urban Grids” which may serve as basis for the research of the Studio.

Chicago’s urbanistic dynamic seems to relate well with its open, adaptable urban morphology and has served to inspire the design of other cities that follow a regular grid pattern. For this reason, the Studio will be accompanied by a seminar on the theme of revisiting the urban grid and its contribution to the construction of the greater city to provide a theory basis that will enhance the experimental contents of the Studio. Students in the Studio will be highly recommended to take the UPD-3472 seminar on Urban Grids to complement the theory of this form of city design and apply it to the case of Chicago.

The Studio is open to students from all departments. It will require a high level of representation skills and design ability, since the studio will range from large scale mappings to precise Architectural and Urban Design interventions.

Program to be “in residence” the following dates:
-From January 22 to 30
- Feb 10 to 15
- Feb 24 to 28
- March 3 to 13
- March 24 to April 5
-April 14 to 24
-May 3 to May 8

Courseware site (Canvas)

03472: Grids, Score for Designing the City (DES 0347200)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
This course has an IRREGULAR meeting schedule. Please see full course description.
Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00   Gund - Gropius
Monday 9:00 - 11:00   Gund 318

Joan Busquets

Course Description

Within a larger research scope on “Revisiting the urban grids in the XXI century”, this seminar will focus on the investigation of recent urbanistic projects which use the grid and its multiple variations as their main structural device for the construction of the city. Special orientation will be given to qualitative features to understand qualitative values.

The ultimate objective of the course is to develop new understanding of the way we are approaching the design of the City by means of “grids and networks”

1. The historic evolution of the city can be tied to regular systems that have allowed for rational forms of development. Diverse cultures have provided varied interpretations of grid systems that serve as an active underlay for multiple urban domains; street network, private parcels, public spaces, diversity of grain, etc. Some previous Seminars done along 2008-09 establish some categories and vocabulary for the current step.

2. In the last few decades, urban interventions have reached an unprecedented level of complexity and ambition, increasing the complexity level of design operations, yet the value and metrics of the grid and network are more operative than ever, and in more inventive ways than in the past.

3. New spatial demands require more flexible and open ended systems. These new forms of urbanism favor loose or “neutral” yet efficient organizational systems that can accommodate diversity and change throughout extensive city densification and expansion.

4. Study will focus on few “key-cities” that will provide basis for comparative reference.
Research Topics:
The research seminar will specifically focus on the following topics:
A. Reviewing conceptual framework: grid / block / mesh / matrix/ checkboard, etc.
B. Researching seminal Projects (city fragments) that suggest new design paradigms. Study in quantitative features to understand qualitative values,
C. Comparative studies between the various investigations in order to establish both individual research tracts and a collective agenda for the research group.

Course Format and Method:
Even though a few introductory readings will be handed out at the beginning of the course, the seminar will explore the topics primarily through the construction of analytical and operative drawings.

The seminar is open to all students in GSD. Note that a high level of graphic skills is required.

The seminar will meet regularly both as a group and in individual meetings with the instructor.

Students will work individually and in groups of 2.

Courseware site (Canvas)

09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Masters Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Independent Study - 4 credits

Martin Bechthold, Jana Cephas, Mark Mulligan, Robert Pietrusko, 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, K. Michael Hays, Rachel Vroman

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 the faculty member sponsoring the study.

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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

Course Description

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.

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