GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:55:09.
Courses taught by Gareth Doherty
09341: Preparation of Design Thesis Proposal for Master in Landscape Architecture (ADV 0934100)
Seminar - 4 credits
Monday 3:00 - 6:00 Gund 510
A weekly seminar required for MLA candidates electing to pursue a design thesis. The intent of the course is to define the parameters of the design thesis and frame the individual candidate’s thesis statement. The first half of the course addresses a series of broad themes essential to developing a cogent thesis topic: disciplinary frameworks; identification of precedents; methodological concerns; means of representation; questions of site and program; research resources; and relevant literature. The second half focuses on practical necessities, including writing a thesis statement and abstract; site selection; base documentation; and data collection and analysis. The course will meet weekly for three hours; it will include group discussions of readings and precedent studies and individual sessions with a focus on writing and representation. Course requirements include class attendance and participation; brief weekly writings; the preparation of a thesis proposal document for which detailed requirements will be provided; and a final presentation of the proposal, both in class and to outside reviewers. Students will also be expected to identify and secure a thesis advisor during the semester.
09630: Urban Design Proseminar (ADV 0963000)
Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 3:00 - 6:00 Gund 112
The proseminar is a forum for conversation on contemporary urban design. It is structured around three overlapping discussions: the formation of the discipline, critiques of urban design, and projections and speculations on the future of the discipline. Theory and practice are contextualized in a way that is not limited to the study of the physical city but includes operations made on the city as well as topics in related fields. The course examines the contested terrain of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, with engineering, geography, sociology, and scientific, cultural, and historical disciplines. Although all the mechanisms for considering the city cannot be covered within the constraints of the proseminar, the focus will be on developing a critical perspective that comes from a deeper understanding of theory, practice, and speculation. Presentations by guest GSD and Harvard faculty, together with site visits, will contextualize urban design today and its range of opportunities and potential. The proseminar requires active engagement with discussions and assignments, and provides a foundation for further course and studio work at the GSD.
Expectations: The emphasis of the course is on engagement: with the readings, the guests, and with the discussions.
Grading: Class participation (30%), Response Papers (40%), Assignment 1 (10%), Assignment 2 (20%). Late assignments will not be accepted unless agreed in advance with the instructor or, in the case of illness, accompanied with a medical certificate.