GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013

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Courses taught by Peter Rowe

04329: Urbanization in the East Asian Region (HIS 0432900)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 2:30 - 5:30   Gund 109

Instructor(s)
Peter Rowe

Course Description

The purpose of this lecture course is to provide an overall account of the urbanization in selected cities within the rapidly developing East Asian region; to characterize relevant political traditions and forms of planning administration affecting urbanization there; and to depict prevalent patterns of urbanization, including illustration at appropriate levels, such as district, block, and building type. The questions being addressed are whether there is a distinctive form to urbanization within the Pacific Asian region, or whether it is largely a matter of satisfying demands for rapid urban expansion within the ambit of internationally available building technology? Are there common problems and opportunities accompanying urbanization within the Pacific Asian region, or is each place sufficiently different so as to defy unitary characterization? The cities in question are Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Seoul. The course will begin with a summary account of traditional manners of city making as well as later western influences, including those from the Soviet Union, in the case of China. The format will be lectures about each city, in turn, followed by several discussion sections including comparisons among selected cities. Given China’s current prominence in the region, the course will conclude with a summary account of urban formation there and an analysis of its likely sustainability. Students will be required to write two papers: one about a particular project or plan, and the other about a particular issue of concern or interest.


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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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05433: Modern Housing and Urban Districts: Concepts, Cases and Comparisons (SES 0543300)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 318

Instructor(s)
Peter Rowe

Course Description

This seminar course will deal with ‘modern housing’ covering a period primarily from 1990 to the present. It will engage with ‘urban districts’ in so far as housing projects under discussion contribute to the making of these districts, or are shaped by the districts in which they are placed. Examples will also be drawn from different cultural contexts with emphasis on Europe, North America and East Asia, although also including examples from Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East. The course will begin with discussion of several broad topics germane to design issues in contemporary housing, including ideas of community and what constitutes a dwelling community from various cultural perspectives; territories and types dealing with underlying urban conditions that play host to contemporary housing; interior and other landscapes that chart the diversity of contemporary living circumstances, as well as notions of flexibility, specialization and polyfunctionality; and expressive and representational issues particularly concerning place specific and inherently situated aspects of existence alongside of dynamic, perennially future-oriented dimensions of living. This broad topical discussion will be followed by case studies, roughly pairing underlying urban conditions and characteristics with architectural projects. Within each case study theme particular contemporary examples will provide the primary focus, although others will be introduced to flesh out necessary historical circumstances and lineages of housing development. These topics will include: urban block shapers, tall towers, housing in urban landscapes, superblock configurations, big buildings and submultiples, infrastructural engagements, infill interventions, indigenous reinterpretations, sustainable housing, and the housing of special populations. Concluding discussion will examine various dimensions across projects and urban conditions in part to identify strengths and weaknesses but also to set contemporary housing aside from that of modern housing in prior eras. Student participation will be by way of attendance, discussion and especially case study presentation and documentation.


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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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09504: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950400)

Architecture
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, Anita Berrizbeitia, Antoine Picon, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Charles Waldheim

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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09506: Thesis Extension in Satisfaction of Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950600)

Landscape Architecture
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, Jerold Kayden, Richard Peiser, Spiro Pollalis, Christoph Reinhart, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Charles Waldheim

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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09691: Doctoral Program Proseminar (ADV 0969100)

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits
Wednesday 2:30 - 5:30   42 Kirkland 1A

Instructor(s)
Peter Rowe

Course Description

This pro-seminar is one way of fulfilling a requirement for successful completion of the Doctor of Design program. Primarily, it will focus on various thematic areas that range across individual study topics and the methods and skills that might be involved in each area, these will include introduction to: geographic information and methods of spatial analysis, quantitative and related methods of statistical analysis, critical theory and hermeneutic analysis, and ethnographic and qualitative methods in social settings. In addition, various perspectives on aspects of constructed environments will be presented and discussed. These will cover: historical thinking, thinking about technologies, theorizing landscapes, and theorizing urban form. The ubiquitous task of documentation will also be taken up. Each seminar will be of two hours duration and comprised of an introductory or thematic presentation, largely by a guest speaker, including follow-up questions. This will be followed by summary presentations by students of selected readings on each theme, followed by further discussion. Other class assignments will include rendering of a literature review of students’ research topics, as well as a short topical presentation.


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