GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Jana Cephas

04475: Case Studies in Critical Conservation: Architecture and Cities (HIS 0447500)

Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 124

Instructor(s)
Jana Cephas

Course Description

 This course analyzes international case studies in the conservation of buildings and urban environments as a means for developing projective strategies for interpreting and curating buildings, landscapes, and cities. Specifically, the course examines the use of design to conserve and convey the significance of sites. Students will conduct in-depth research and analysis of sites and their social landscapes with the aim of curating aspects of the built environment to reveal its inner histories. We will tackle the controversies inherent to urban conservation and attempt to develop proposals that engage these controversies rather than dismissing them.

Each class session is structured as a modified symposium wherein students engage selected scholars and practitioners in the analysis of case studies in urban and architectural interventions as interpreted through the lens of critical conservation. The first part of the course focuses on theoretical and historical readings and case studies that identify core issues relevant to interpretive planning, including material culture analysis, intangible heritage and cultural intimacy, visitor accessibility, the public experience of places, and policies affecting the interpretation and planning of sites. The second part of the course focuses more closely on the interpretation of urban sites, the various meanings of “conservation” in an urban context, and, in particular, the curation of the urban environment as an act of critical conservation. Topics for class sessions include Conservation by Design; Interpreting the Modern; Conflict and Resolution Planning; The Historic City in Its Modern Setting; Industrial Archaeology in Principle and Practice; Community Development and Preservation; Material Conservation and Its Social Histories; the Conservation of African-American Historic Sites; Agricultural Urbanism and Civic Memory; and Public Celebration as Ephemeral Urban Planning. Students will complete a series of short written assignments throughout the semester as well as a final paper/project.
 


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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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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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09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)

Architecture
Research Seminar - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner, Jana Cephas, Diane Davis, Gareth Doherty, Richard T.T. Forman, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Timothy Hyde, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Miho Mazereeuw, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Christoph Reinhart, Holly Samuelson, Andrew Witt, Allen Sayegh

Course Description

A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent study.


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