GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Neil Brenner

09126: Urban Theory Lab Research Seminar (ADV 0912600)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits
Friday 9:00 - 12:00   Gund 124

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner

Course Description

In the early 1970s, Henri Lefebvre anticipated a situation of "generalized urbanization" in which an "urban fabric" would be extended to encompass the entire planet.  More recently, geographer Edward Soja declared that "every square inch of the world is urbanized to some degree."  While the changing morphology and scale of urbanized regions has attracted considerable attention among urban scholars, the worldwide "urban fabric" postulated by Lefebvre and Soja remains underresearched and poorly understood.  Building on a theoretical framework that is now under development in the Urban Theory Lab-GSD, this research seminar will test the Lefebvre-Soja hypothesis of complete urbanization with reference to five "extreme territories" that are normally not considered to contain urban elements--the Himalayas, the Amazon, the Arctic, the Gobi desert and the Pacific Ocean.  Following some introductory readings to establish a shared analytical framework, the seminar will be organized as a research studio in which five pairs of students follow a common theoretical, representational and methodological protocol to investigate one of the aforementioned zones.  The seminar is the first in a multi-year series that will result in a UTL publication on planetary urbanization.  Enrollment is limited and at the instructor's discretion.  Interested students should email neil.brenner.office@gmail.com (subject line:  "UTL seminar application) and request a short text by Neil Brenner and Christian Schmid, "Planetary urbanization."  After reading this text, please send a second message to the same email address, including (a) a one-paragraph email summarizing your interest in the course; (b) your GSD program affiliation; and (c) any relevant preparatory work and other qualifications (please include any relevant skills in the visualization of geospatial data). Those accepted into this seminar will have two ballots rather than three for the limited enrollment lottery.


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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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09690: Discourse and Methods (ADV 0969000)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits
Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00   20 Sumner 1C

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner

Course Description

This course is open only to Ph.D. students in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design (other FAS Ph.D. students may participate with instructor's permission).  This year's course focuses on the interplay between knowledge, ideology, space and capitalism.  After surveying several major theories of ideology, we consider their applications to the investigation of spatial representations, discourses, institutions and practices during the history of modern capitalist development.  Students will confront these issues by relating them to key methodological concerns and horizons in their own emerging research agendas.
 


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