GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013

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Courses taught by Toshiko Mori

01301: Kyoto Studio II: Seasons and Architecture (STU 0130100)

Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday Wednesday 2:00 - 6:00  

Toshiko Mori

Course Description

This studio will explore architecture as a responsive entity to seasons in climate, economy, politics and socio-cultural landscape. Through the analysis of building paradigms and urbanism developed in Kyoto for more than one thousand years, the studio will look at the wisdom of survival in traditions, and look at future applications for those techniques. The studio will visit traditional craft studios such as textile, ceramics, bamboo, wood and paper-making to understand the particular symbiosis of its culture and materials.

We will be collaborating with Kyoto Institute of Technology's Laboratory for the Future of Traditions to see examples of their research in scientific proof of sophisticated solutions in ancient techniques and materials. Kyoto is hot during the summer, cold in the winter and located in a mountainous region where material and resource limitations generated efficient and artistic techniques to solve multiple issues. These include disasters such as fire, flood, earthquake and war. The artistic resolution for challenging the relationship with climate and nature is observed in architecture and gardens as well as in everyday objects and food.

The studio will look at the Machiya, a narrow multiple family dwelling paradigm that was developed in Kyoto over the centuries. It creates a low rise, dense and consistent fabric in Kyoto's historic centers. It is used as a spring board to propose a potential prototype to envision a dense yet harmonious and resilient typology for rapidly growing urban centers. In the studio, we will study global issues surrounding rapid urbanization. These include energy consumption, resource use such as water and food, mobility and community cohesion, stability and resilience. This studio will especially look at this prototype from the various narratives we envision in relation to seasonality and duration, phasing and longevity.

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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

Diane Davis, Eric Howeler, 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, 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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