GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:55:41.
Courses taught by Niall Kirkwood
06242: Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies IV (SCI 0624200)
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday 2:00 - 5:00 Gund 109
The role of the discipline of landscape architecture is first, to describe and understand the found environment of a particular site and deploy means to achieve a sustainable bio/physical infrastructure for society; second, to shape social spaces for contemporary life in all its varying values, conditions and attitudes and finally, to express an understanding of the world – a concept of the nature of nature. The key question this core course asks is how can a specific schematic design that seeks to embody these environmental, ecological, social and expressive goals be developed through design development and physically realized in landscape architecture?
The Constructed Landscape addresses the interdependence between site, design, and technology in landscape architecture and introduces the tools and techniques of design development in landscape architecture including an introduction to the topics of landscape tectonics, site construction, material assembly, detail design, durability and failure. The objectives of the course are to develop a broader understanding of tested and emerging processes, concepts and practices of construction in landscape architecture and how this can inform the material, function, form and expression of landscape design work. A focus will be on the relationship of the ordering principles of built landscape elements and the values and meanings embedded in the constructed landscape and its creation by the landscape architect including a range of contemporary sites on and over structures, industrial lands and city infrastructure.
Lectures and in-class workshops will be augmented by weekly readings and in the second part of the semester, site visits to a range of contemporary and historic built landscapes. Grades will be evaluated on successful completion of weekly individual assignments and a final individual drawn assignment that will encompass design development research applied to a studio design project as well as attendance at all classroom meetings and field trips. This course is a core requirement for the second year of the MLAI and MLAI AP degree programs.
06323: Brownfields Practicum: Regeneration of Brownfield Lands (SCI 0632300)
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday 10:00 - 1:00 Gund 109
This course concerns the reclamation of sites altered by prior industrial or commercial uses and in particular those that are derelict, environmentally hazardous and located within neighborhoods and/or close to residential communities. The subject matter addresses recent advances in the legal, regulatory, environmental, economic, and community landscape as well as the remediation of despoiled land in a manner that reclaims and redevelops these sites for future sustainable uses. Of interest to the instructor is how these advances can inform more progressive and creative planning and design work, and conversely, to what extent sustainable planning and design work can direct the regeneration and reuse of these urban environments.
GSD 6323 introduces students to the foundations of brownfields regeneration and reuse as well as the science and applied technology of waste site cleanup, and connects brownfields redevelopment to broader issues in environmental policy and planning such as environmental justice, public health and sustainable development. The class will review the current regulatory, economic, environmental, community, public health and development conditions of brownfields, through site visits, classroom presentations and discussions with relevant stakeholders from federal, state, city and community agencies, as well as other professionals from the environmental engineering private sector. A component of this year’s course will be the influence of brownfields internationally in design and development practices. Through a practice component (the practicum) class members working in teams apply this general brownfields knowledge to particular challenges in the field on behalf of a city government in the local area of Boston or through a team research project and gain hands-on experience in applied environmental and economic development research and analysis, community brownfield practices, and sustainability planning.
09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Masters Degrees (ADV 0920100)
Independent Study - 4 credits
Ann Forsyth, Beth Altringer, Neil Brenner, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Diane Davis, Peter Del Tredici, Sonja Duempelmann, Ed Eigen, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Jane Hutton, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Kiel Moe, Richard Peiser, Robert Pietrusko, Peter Rowe, David Sanderson, Jorge Silvetti, James Stockard, Maryann Thompson, Bing Wang, Matthew Wilson, Cameron Wu, Rahul Mehrotra
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 their advisor and of the faculty member sponsoring the study.