GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013

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Courses taught by Niall Kirkwood

01211: Landscape Architecture III: Third Semester Core Studio (STU 0121100)

Landscape Architecture
Core Studio - 8 credits
Tuesday Thursday 12:30 - 6:00  

Instructor(s)
Pierre Bélanger, Niall Kirkwood, Luis Rodrigo Callejas Mujica, Kelly Doran, Rosetta Elkin, Andrea Hansen, Philippe Coignet, Robert Pietrusko

Course Description

Addressing the inertia of urban planning and the overexertion of civil engineering in the 20th century, this course focuses on the design of large, complex, contaminated brownfield sites with a regional, ecological and infrastructural outlook. Employing the agency of regional ecology and landscape infrastructure as the dominant drivers of design, the studio involves the development of biodynamic and biophysical systems that provide flexible yet directive patterns for future urbanization. Through a series of contemporary mapping methods, field measures, case studies, readings and design investigations, the course results in a series of collaborative exercises leading to a large scale design project and future scenarios. Drawing from canonical case studies on regional reclamation strategies from across the world, the studio is further enhanced by a robust, regional representation program. Focusing on the metrics of geospatial representation and remote sensing, two intensive workshops throughout the term of the studio didactically deal with the interrelated subjects of regional cartography and site topography as operative and telescopic instruments of design across scales. Contributing to a complex, multi-layered profiling of the site as ‘system’ and the reformulation of program as ‘process’, the studio establishes a base platform for engaging an array of complex issues related to site contamination, biophysical systems, regional ecology, land cover, urban infrastructure and economic geography. Precluding conventional forms of urban development such as housing or retail development, the penultimate objective of the course is to explore and articulate the potential effectiveness of broader and longer range strategies where biophysical systems prefigure as the denominator for re-envisioning public infrastructures and regional urban economies in the future.
 


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06335: Phyto-Technologies Practicum: Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design (SCI 0633500)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Thursday 8:30 - 11:30   20 Sumner 1C

Instructor(s)
Niall Kirkwood, Kathryn Kennen

Course Description

GSD 6335 is a research seminar, speculative in nature and broad in scope that requires students to take part in a joint exploration with the instructors on the topic of plant based contaminate cleanup.
This course will build a current view of phyto-technology and the use of sustainable plant-based approaches to site remediation and rebuilding through new research on hyper-accumulator vegetation, potential opportunities and conversely limitations of phyto-technology, and investigations into productive site design utilizing a range of natural cleanup technologies. The ambition of the course is to bridge the critical science and engineering associated with phyto-technology site applications and its effective design use in the field. Phyto-technologies have the capacity to play a significant role in transforming contaminated urban land providing a more sustainable choice for land planning. They can also be used to help buffer the non-contaminated site, where the risk of pollution could be possible, create fuel as biomass renewable energy and participate in ensuring food crop safety. However, the science that lies behind phyto-technology has been found to be cryptic and difficult to implement. The intent of this seminar is to translate the research and field studies into a format useful for the design practitioner. The first half of the course will delve briefly into the science around phyto-technology, and the second will focus on an applied workshop practicum and case studies to understand particular site typologies and consider the potential environmental, spatial, cultural and aesthetic qualities of this productive type of vegetation.


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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 0 credits

Instructor(s)
Iñaki Abalos, Frank Apeseche, Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Joan Busquets, Jana Cephas, Ed Eigen, Rosetta Elkin, Andreas Georgoulias, Michael Hooper, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Alex Krieger, Judith Grant Long, Yanni Loukissas, David Mah, Rahul Mehrotra, Panagiotis Michalatos, Toshiko Mori, Mark Mulligan, Erika Naginski, Antoine Picon, Peter Rowe, Holly Samuelson, Allen Sayegh, Jorge Silvetti, Christine Smith, Maryann Thompson, Raymond Torto, Charles Waldheim, Bing Wang, Andrew Witt, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cameron Wu, Diane Davis, Eric Howeler, Neil Brenner

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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