GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Silvia Benedito

01212: Landscape Architecture IV (STU 0121200)

Landscape Architecture
Core Studio - 8 credits
Tuesday Thursday 12:30 - 6:00  

Instructor(s)
Chris Reed, Leire Asensio Villoria, Silvia Benedito, Zaneta Hong, David Mah, Eduardo Rico Carranza

Course Description

This studio focuses on the development of urban form as driven by ecology and environmental dynamics. The studio will introduce students to methods and representational techniques for describing urban form and the underlying ecologies that might be invoked to shape the urban fabric. Representational strategies begin with mapping and diagramming larger ecological processes and dynamics on an urban brownfield site, and then focus on the description of built form, urban infrastructure, and the relationships between the city and its reconstituted riverine setting. Early and mid-semester workshops will focus on urban ecologies and parametric urbanism, respectively.


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09128: On Atmospheres and Design (ADV 0912800)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund - Gropius

Instructor(s)
Silvia Benedito

Course Description

What is atmosphere? Is it air and weather? Or is it the in-between—effect, matter, immaterial, space, ephemera? How is atmosphere(s) designed when it seems to start where design stops? Within these questions lay implicit issues of time and material presence, scientific inquiry and description, space, phenomena and the body. The seminar will be examining definitions and investigations of atmosphere in the context of history, philosophy, art, film and photography, science, design, and the cultural imagination. Also, it will investigate built works that inform conditions of atmosphere. Our experiences are shaped in spaces that are not only of a visible and measurable reality, but also of the immaterial and ephemeral conditions that affect what we see, register, and experience. What is memorable that affects our imaginative experiences of the places we visit and live ? What are the immersive qualities we collect when moving through the in-between? Many travelers have registered their impressions of landscapes and buildings based on the rhythm of natural phenomena and spatial experiences induced by the atmospheric conditions of light and humidity, reflection and sound, wind and temperature. These are the atmospheres—its conditions, agents, and sources—that we will be examining in the seminar, treated as matter for inquiry in the built environment while projecting further ways of manipulation and imagining the discipline of design.

The seminar will be structured through discussions of selected writings and philosophical investigations as a means to position concepts of the atmosphere, its conditions and agents in design. Also, there will be an analysis of sensory media—installation, photography, and film—and design projects that explore concepts of atmosphere. Guest speakers will be invited to discuss their work and to engage in the conversation within the context of the seminar.
 


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

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
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

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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