GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013

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Courses taught by Alex Krieger

01503: Planning and Development on the East Boston Waterfront (STU 0150300)

Urban Planning and Design
Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday Friday 2:00 - 6:00  

Instructor(s)
Alex Krieger, Matthew Kiefer, Lawrence Curtis

Course Description

This studio will explore the use of both private investment and public action to solve an important planning/urban design problem: how to fulfill long-standing community aspirations to bring housing and other active uses to the East Boston waterfront. A former island, East Boston was incorporated into the City of Boston in its 19th century maritime heyday. East Boston's waterfront was a key part of Boston's maritime boom--home to major shipyards and wharves, including the wharf from which Donald McKay's world-renowned clipper ships sailed. Now known to outsiders mostly as the location of Logan Airport, East Boston has become a thriving multi-ethnic community whose geography gives it a strong neighborhood identity but also a sense of isolation. With shipping now concentrated in container terminals in other parts of the harbor, large swaths of the East Boston waterfront languish. For decades, planners and neighborhood leaders have envisioned a mixed-use neighborhood there that takes advantage of nearby transit, neighborhood services in Maverick Square and spectacular views of downtown Boston. Yet, despite a generally strong investment climate in Boston and public approvals for several hundred housing units, only one project has begun construction. Clearly, both a compelling urban design vision and more assertive public action are needed to transform the waterfront.

This studio will address both. In addition to developing a physical planning concept for the East Boston waterfront, the studio will explore the use of public sector tools to achieve that vision through the engine of market-oriented development. These tools could include carrots and sticks--exactions, density bonuses, infrastructure funding, development incentives, and direct development by Massport, a public agency charged with port development. Development feasibility will be a key area of inquiry. The studio may include short exploratory trips to urban waterfront developments such as in Toronto, Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

Alex Krieger will teach this studio with Matthew Kiefer, and with Lawrence Curtis consulting.


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05210: Cities by Design I (SES 0521000)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 111

Instructor(s)
Rahul Mehrotra, Sibel Bozdogan, Joan Busquets, Fares El-Dahdah, Alex Krieger, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Erkin Ozay

Course Description

'Cities by Design' is a year-long course that studies urban form. In the fall 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. In the spring, the course will look at four cities and conclude with a panel discussion to synthesize the conclusions drawn from cases from the entire year. 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. Term grades will be based on attendance and participation in both lectures and sections, biweekly response papers based on assigned readings, and a final term paper.

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, and 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

No Prerequisites; Course is required of all entering UD students.


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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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