GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Rahul Mehrotra

05211: Cities by Design II (SES 0521100)

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

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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09129: Kinetic City: Research Seminar on Temporal Urbanism (ADV 0912900)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Wednesday 3:00 - 6:00   40 Kirkland 1C

Rahul Mehrotra

Course Description

The research seminar will explore the phenomenon of temporal urbanism. The intention of the course is to expose students to the existing literature of the subject as well as to construct new ways and methods to map, understand and theorize how 'temporality' can inform current debates on urbanism more broadly.

The class will be formatted such that each student will pick a research project, in consultation with the instructor in the first three weeks of the class and this will be developed through discussion in the course of the semester. The research projects will range from looking at settlement design as a result of response to emergencies - both man made as well as natural disasters. These would range from refugee camps and responses to earthquakes and floods as well as celebratory and religious gatherings such as Haj and the Burning Man Festival etc.

The seminar will also discuss and analyze the Kumbh Mela - a religious festival that occurs in India every 12 years and involves creating a settlement for 55 days to house 11 million people. A team from the GSD that will participate a documentation project of the Kumbh Mela during the J term (2103) will also form part of the class and will work on this as a case study project.

The class will be capped at 12 students. No prerequisites.

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

Independent Study - 4 credits

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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