GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013

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Courses taught by David Mah

02241: Landscape Representation III: Landform and Ecological Process (VIS 0224100)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Friday 9:00 - 10:30   Gund 518
Friday 10:30 - 12:00   Gund 518
Wednesday 11:30 - 1:00   Gund 111

Instructor(s)
Andrea Hansen, David Mah

Course Description

Landscape Representation III seeks to examine the fundamental relationship between landform and the dynamic landscape processes it supports and engenders. Through in-depth study of the methods in which these processes are understood, conveyed, and graphically communicated, the course builds upon topics covered in Landscape Representation I and II by focusing on a diverse body of representational models, both past and present, that position landscape architecture as an expanded field involving science, art, architecture, urban design, and philosophy. To accompany precedent study, the course engages in advanced exploration of digital media, with an emphasis on responsive, performative, and indexical methodologies as well as fluid transitions between documentation and speculation, 2D and 3D, static and dynamic, and digital and analog media.

 
Course topics are organized thematically and range from mapping ecological systems to illustrating time-based processes, from manipulating and extracting topographical datasets to generating intelligent terrain models, from synthesizing geological, ecological, and hydrological processes to depicting the flows, flux, and ephemera of floral and faunal communities. Through simulation, conjecture, and graphic extraction, these physical and temporal landscape processes will be examined at multiple scales, with particular attention paid to the complexities of large-scale sites in order to complement core coursework in the MLA third term.

 
Weekly lectures and lab exercises will provide the foundation for the group’s collective exploration, research, and discussion. Through a series of working labs, students will be exposed to an expanded set of digital and analog techniques for analyzing and expressing landform and process as a means of advancing both technical and conceptual ability. This format aims to establish fluency in conceptual, organizational, and formal expression as well as to provide a point of departure for an in-depth awareness of landscape precedents and representational techniques.
 


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02444: Landscape Material Design Practice and Digital Media (VIS 0244400)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar Workshop - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 11:30 - 2:30   Gund 516

Instructor(s)
David Mah

Course Description

The course is aimed at fostering conceptual as well as technical approaches to the integration of digital design and fabrication techniques within the design and construction processes. We will dedicate the semester to develop a project that takes advantage of a number of emerging and established digital techniques and processes in order to develop prototypes for systems that reshape and reorganize our contemporary landscapes. This focused project will be the means through which a wide range of skills and approaches towards the utilization of digital design and fabrication techniques may be introduced and developed to inform and enrich the process from design conception to the development of various application scenarios and finally prototype fabrication of construction and material systems. Students will be guided to follow a process from initial concept design right through to physical fabrication of scaled prototypes or models. The course will cover and develop digital design skills in 3 dimensional modeling, scripting, parametric tools as well as digital fabrication. Existing precedents and practices of construction and material systems will be studied and considered during the course in order to inform and inspire the development of the projects that are encouraged to address novel expression as well as performance. Material practices and processes associated with landscape will be used to inform the development of the projects (topography, aggregates, textiles, fields, biology, dynamics, self organizing processes etc). The course will meet once a week and will be conducted in the computer lab to build up both skills and concepts specific to the deployment of digital media for design and will also make use of the fabrication laboratory to test and actualize these techniques in material form. It is encouraged that applicants to the course have some basic to intermediate level skills in digital tools. Enrollments will be limited.


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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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