GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013
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Courses taught by Ingeborg Rocker
01102: Second Semester Core: Introduction to Design and Visual Studies in Architecture (STU 0110200)
Core Studio - 8 credits
Monday Wednesday Friday 2:00 - 6:00
The overarching pedagogical agenda for second semester is to expand upon the methodology of technique from the first semester such that students should develop an understanding of the complex interwoven relationship between form, space, structure, and materiality. This semester is about embodying and motivating the logical techniques from first semester with the problems of materiality, mass, proportion, tactility, and structure. Prerequisites: GSD 1101
01317: Ecologics: Refiguring the Civic Ground (STU 0131700)
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00
Christoph Reinhart and Matthew Waxman will collaborate on this studio.
What is the role of architecture in urbanism and what is the role of urbanism in architecture? How can both work together to create civic space? What is the civic ground of the 21st century?
Students will design a high-dense, mixed-use architecture that is a necessary contribution to a hypothetical construction of a visionary ecological city. This architecture will hypothesize that an ability for it to be multiplied in the city, serially and differentiated, is part of how it will propose an eco-logic and urban necessity for human life in a dense metropolis.
The city of Guangzhou, China is our site. Visionary architecture and cities proposed by the students must reflect this context (traditional housing and civic space typologies) as well as be applicable as models for the future, worldwide. The studio will rethink and reconnect relationships across the assumed boundaries of an artificial split between nature and culture: outside and inside, public and private, civic and agrarian, dense and open, utility and aesthetic, equilibrium and change, etc. We will propose how the ecological city, in defiance of these divisions, is rather a 'continuous ground' of which its network of interconnections interacts to produce emergent 'figurations' embodying and reacting to the challenges of constrained realities.
How could architecture present an ideal vision to holistically address problems of a city and its society with rapid changes in population and density growth, across scales? Students will study influential large-scale visions of urbanism involving architectural prototypes authored generally between the mid 19th and 20th century, as well as contemporary large-scale urban visions that make an attempt to respond to questions of sustainability, globalization and rapid urbanization. Examining the theses to identify how the urbanism is, or could be, contingent on its integration with architecture, students will identify the precedent's constituent parameters, their performance, constraints, limitations, and network of interconnections. In comparing precedents, students will highlight evidence of a logic of ecology, or imagine what may need to be done to cultivate it.
Students will study existing architecture and urban conditions, with a focus on how environmental and cultural factors have reconfigured over time traditional neighborhoods and vernacular housing typologies. The studio has a tentative visit to Guangzhou and the South China University of Technology. We will discuss with professors, students, and city officials their respective knowledge and visions of their city.
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