GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014

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Courses taught by Jorge Silvetti

01314: IN THE LAND OF ÑANDUTí: following the lines, threads, and figures of the river (STU 0131400)

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

Instructor(s)
Jorge Silvetti

Course Description

This studio will have water as its most conspicuous element. Inside, around and over it, we would develop proposals for intervention in an area of South America that is affected by major hydroelectric projects. The studio’s site is located along a segment of the Paraná River shared by Paraguay and Argentina within a larger area where three distinctive and important maps overlap: 1) the socio-cultural map of the Guarani people, 2) the natural hydrological map of the Cuenca del Plata and 3) the historic map of the Jesuits Missions territory, including thirty towns and associated agricultural “estancias” of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This triple layering which supports a distinctive culture of water, sits on the Aquifier Guarani - one of the two largest fresh water reservoirs of the world.

Work in the studio will involve the design of a complex public and institutional multifunctional facility that will also act as a river harbor to connect the international coastlines of the Parana River. As important it will provide continuity among the very important UNESCO cultural heritage sites on both sides. Special attention will be devoted to the use of local materials (a variety of hard and soft woods, basalt stones, sandstones, clay, natural fibers, textiles, etc.) for construction, which are plentiful but not fully integrated in current local construction methods.

This will be an exclusively Architecture studio. Students are strongly advised to enroll in Prof. Graciela Silvestri’s seminar Aquatic South America that will meet on Wednesday mornings.

It is expected that students will have a genuine interest in historical and cultural studies (i.e. history, anthropology, ethnography, linguistics, art history); in building materials and new materials research (where our course consultant, Salmaan Craig will provide regular input), and in building construction systems. It is also expected that students will have high architectural design skills. Reading ability in Spanish is strongly recommended as most of the bibliography is in this language.

A Field trip to Paraguay and Argentina is planned for Friday February 21st to Sunday March 2nd.


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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Masters Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
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, Ann Forsyth, Rahul Mehrotra

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 their advisor and of the faculty member sponsoring the study.


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09301: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of Degree MArch (ADV 0930100)

Architecture
Research Seminar - 12 credits

Instructor(s)
Jeffry Burchard, Preston Scott Cohen, Eric Howeler, Timothy Hyde, Florian Idenburg, Alex Krieger, Sanford Kwinter, Grace La, Christopher Lee, Mark Mulligan, Paul Nakazawa, Antoine Picon, Ingeborg Rocker, Mack Scogin, Jorge Silvetti, Maryann Thompson, Charles Waldheim, Elizabeth Whittaker, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cameron Wu, Ed Eigen

Course Description

Following preparation in GSD 9203, each student conducts a design exploration that tests and expands the thesis.Prerequisites: GSD 9203


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