GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013

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Courses taught by Ed Eigen

04122: Buildings, Texts, and Contexts II (HIS 0412200)

Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 11:30 - 1:00   Gund - Piper

Instructor(s)
Ed Eigen

Course Description

 Any account of architecture’s history over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries is faced with the challenge of addressing the general rupture caused by the rise of modernity—that is, by the social, economic, technological and ideological transformations accompanying the political and industrial revolutions marking the end of the European Enlightenment. The transition of architecture to the modern world gave rise to a series of fundamental questions, which might be framed as follows: How did historical conditions place pressure on the time-honored foundations of architecture, on its origins, theories, and pedagogies? How did new conditions of scientific possibility actively reconfigure architecture’s relation to engineering? And finally, how did aesthetic conceptions and approaches, which followed an arc from Beaux-Arts eclecticism and historicism to Modernist avant-gardes, intersect with society and politics?
This course weaves these questions through topics and themes ranging from technology and utopia to ornament and nationalism. We begin with late Baroque polemics and the academic foundations of architecture as discipline. We then consider the multifaceted nature of 18th-century architectural expressions insuch examples as Rococo space, origin theories from Laugier to Piranesi, and the formulation of building typologies. The 19th century, which for us is inaugurated by a utopian imaginary (in Ledoux and Fourier), covers key episodes such as the Beaux-Arts system in Europe and America, architecture and national identity (in Schinkel and Wagner), and, finally, the dream of colossal structures and the infrastructural programs of the modern metropolis. Course requirements include attendance at lectures and sections, responses to readings, and several written assignments.

One hour sections will take place on Thursday afternoon.
 
 
 


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09644: Research Methods in Landscape Architecture (ADV 0964400)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits
Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00   7 Sumner 104

Instructor(s)
Ed Eigen

Course Description

This seminar offers an overview of various types and practices of research methodology in contemporary landscape architecture. Central to the ambitions of the course is the belief that landscape architecture has cultivated a series of research modalities that are simultaneously unique to the discipline and at the same time reflective of universal issues in social science and environmental science-based research. Consequently, the course positions contemporary practices in the broader context of historical evolutions and epistemological questions. Practices to be explored include displacement and re-presentation; occupation; observation; social survey; crowd-sourcing; inventory; morphological measurement and additional qualitative and quantitative methods.

The seminar invites students from across the GSD to participate in this course, regardless of program association. MLA students, whether thesis students or otherwise, will find the course particularly relevant to their work. Each participant in the course is expected to complete readings, participate in discussions, and complete a fully considered research proposal with particular attention given to the methodological approaches and analytical goals the participant seeks to accomplish during the course of their degree completion. The research proposal will involve the production of verbal, visual, and textual components.


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