GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Antoine Picon

04355: Architecture, Science and Technology, XVIIIth Century-Present (HIS 0435500)

Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday Friday 2:00 - 3:30   Gund 517

Instructor(s)
Antoine Picon

Course Description

Since the first industrial revolution, science and technology have constantly challenged architecture. Technology in particular has represented a powerful source of change for architecture. New materials and structural types have emerged, inducing dramatic changes in the definition of the architectural discipline. From iron construction to digital architecture, from Viollet-le-Duc's structural rationalism to Archigram's technological eclecticism and beyond, the course will study important episodes in this two centuries history.

The lectures will not only deal with the practical consequences of the intercourse between architecture, science and technology, like the development of concrete construction or the 20th century quest for three dimensional structures, but also with their cultural dimension. Theoretical issues, such as the relations between architectural aesthetics and mechanization or the influence exerted by the social sciences, from history to sociology, will be evoked. Science and technology have not only fostered changes in building techniques: they have shaped architectural culture.

Finally, a special attention will be devoted to contemporary problems such as the spectacular development of digital culture in architecture and the new importance taken by environmental questions. These problems gain a new clarity by being interpreted in an historical perspective.

In addition to attendance and readings, students will produce a research paper at the end of the semester on a topic related to the themes covered in the course.


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04435: Structure, Infrastructure, and Ornament (HIS 0443500)

Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 9:00 - 12:00   Gund 318

Instructor(s)
Antoine Picon

Course Description

With the rise of digital culture, ornament is back. Its return has been accompanied with recurring interrogations regarding the need to redefine tectonics, and more generally to revisit critically the link between architecture and structure. Once thought essential, this link appears weaker today. Paradoxically, while the fundamental role that modernism had attributed to structure is being challenged, the relation between architecture and infrastructure has intensified. Many contemporary projects play on the blurring of the frontier between architecture and infrastructure.

Structure, infrastructure and ornament: the seminar will examine the past and present interactions between these three components of architecture and the built environment. On the one hand, despite their apparent opposition, ornament and structure share a number of common characteristics. On the other hand, structure and infrastructure are more different than what one often assumes. The play between these three notions enables to raise some fundamental issues regarding the way architecture is to be understood.

The seminar will give an importance place to reading and discussion. In addition to regular attendance and participation to the collective reflection, the students enrolled will give a presentation on a topic related to the themes covered in the seminar. The presentation will serve as a starting point to develop a final paper.


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05211: Cities by Design II (SES 0521100)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund - Piper

Instructor(s)
Rahul Mehrotra, Jose Castillo, Jana Cephas, Fares El-Dahdah, Antoine Picon, Peter Rowe

Course Description

The year-long Cities by Design course is mandatory for all incoming Masters of Urban Design Students. All other students are welcome to enroll in the course by semester, and need not do so in sequence.

'Cities by Design' is a year-long course that studies urban form. Each semester, 'Cities by Design' will explore six urban case studies to expose students to a range of factors that affect the design of contemporary cities in various geographical contexts. The case studies will focus on both the urban condition as a whole by exploring processes of urban evolution, and on the study of urban fragments or projects. Each case study will be taught during a two-week module, comprised of four lectures and one discussion section. The Spring Case Studies include: Rio, Mexico City, Paris, Shanghai, Detroit, Mumbai. These are distinct from those presented in prior semesters.

Two main pedagogical objectives guide the course. The course will allow students to establish a broader definition of the 'urban,' forging commonalities amongst a diversity of cities. It will also provide the historical and comparative material to identify the urban characteristics and design strategies that render particular cities distinct. Comparative analyses of the urban case studies will be guided by the following eight themes, which will be explored through the lectures, section discussions, and assigned readings:
1.     The city's genealogy and key historical events, phases of development & patterns of growth.
2.     The ways in which the terrain, geography, and infrastructural development constrain and present opportunities for the city's development and ambitions.
3.     The city's planning and design culture and decision-making institutions.
4.     The challenges that social equity present to planning and design in the city.
5.     The orchestration of the city's relationship to the broader region.
6.     How the particular city contributes to a definition of the 'urban' condition.
7.     The framing and design of key urban projects/case studies.
8.     The city's planning institutions, historical conditions, urban forms, or ambitions, etc. that have contributed to its iconicity in a global context.

Term grades will be based on attendance and participation in both lectures and section discussions, biweekly response papers based on assigned readings, and a final term paper.

Faculty for Spring 2012 to include: Rahul Mehrotra (course coordinator),  with Jana Cephas, Peter Rowe, Antoine Picone, Jose Castillio and Fares el Dahd, Head Teaching Fellow: Christopher Rogacz.

No Prerequisites.


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09502: Independent Study by Candidates for Doctoral Degrees (ADV 0950200)

Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, Nina-Marie Lister, Antoine Picon, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis

Course Description

Under faculty guidance, the student conducts a reading program and formulates a thesis proposal. The course is intended for doctoral students.


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09503: Preparation of Doctoral Thesis Proposal (ADV 0950300)

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, Antoine Picon, Peter Rowe, Charles Waldheim, A. Hashim Sarkis, Anita Berrizbeitia

Course Description

Under faculty guidance, the student conducts a reading program and formulates a thesis proposal. The course is intended for doctoral students.


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