GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Leire Asensio Villoria

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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06423: (Re)fabricating Tectonic Prototypes (SCI 0642300)

Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 9:00 - 12:00   Gund 518

Instructor(s)
Leire Asensio Villoria

Course Description

Leire Asensio-Villoria, instructor, with Hanif Kara, structural consultant

The course is framed by a general ambition to develop explorations in digital design, fabrication and parametric tools that is equally informed and enriched by historical precedent while still maintaining a speculative and novel outlook. The primary focus of the course will be in the development of skills, techniques and both conceptual as well as technical understandings of the application of digital processes and tools to the development of tectonic and construction systems in architecture. We will dedicate the semester to develop a project that takes advantage of a number of emerging and established digital techniques and processes in order to develop new prototypes for construction systems that will take inspiration from and expand on the analysis of a number of exemplary construction/tectonic systems.

Existing precedents of construction and tectonic systems will be studied and reconsidered during the course in order to inform and inspire the development of each project. These projects are encouraged to rethink these existing systems in order to produce and incorporate novel expression as well as performance. A period of analysis and documentation of existing systems and their associative geometric and material relationships will initiate the development of both: a rigorous analytical understanding of specific construction and tectonic systems as well as a proficiency in applying this knowledge in constructing associative/parametric digital models that will constitute the tools to generate alternative variations of these systems. This will inform a subsequent phase of prototyping which will utilize the fabrication laboratory’s tools. This prototype fabrication exercise will allow students to gain knowledge in and explore the new potentials and capabilities afforded by the emerging field of digital fabrication in architecture that together with digital design and parametric tools allow for the reconsideration and expansion of the potential applications of exemplary construction and tectonic systems today. This year, we will also be working consistently with Hanif Kara, director of AKT2 structural engineering. We will also have the input from various fabricators from art and industry who will offer a series of views on contemporary material techniques and practices that will expand the potential reconsideration of a number of exemplary tectonic precedents.

Students will be guided to follow a process from initial digital analysis right through to physical fabrication of prototypes. The course will cover and develop digital design skills in parametric tools, digital fabrication as well as new emerging material technologies. The course will be open to all students and while an intermediate level knowledge of 3d modeling software is encouraged and welcome, it is not strictly necessary to take the course.
 


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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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09301: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of Degree MArch (ADV 0930100)

Architecture
Research Seminar - 12 credits

Instructor(s)
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

Course Description

Following preparation in GSD 9203, each student conducts a design exploration that tests and expands the thesis.Prerequisites: GSD 9203


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