GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014

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Courses taught by Bing Wang

05405: Global Leadership in Real Estate and Design (SES 0540500)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 1:30 - 4:30   Gund 505

Instructor(s)
Bing Wang, Eugene Kohn

Course Description

In today’s connected urban centers, shifts in cultural preferences, design thinking, and spatial significations often reflect and parallel transitions in capital forces and economic realities, locally and across the globe. This course begins with the premise that globalization imposes forces and tensions that directly impact the formation and production of the urban built environment, and that future real estate and design professionals will have a competitive advantage if they are well-prepared to navigate the cultural and economic disequilibrium and disruptions of the global realm.

For these challenges, this project-based course encourages a forward-looking examination of and exposure to complexity in today’s real estate design, development and investment process, through students’ hand-on experience, creative propositions, risk-taking judgment training, and the exercise of leadership in real estate and design projects in the real world. The course integrates domestic and international field studies, and encourages students to rethink, anticipate, and reinvent practice paradigms in both real estate and design fields.

The pedagogical focuses of this course are to: 1) provide practice opportunities for students to sharpen professional skills required to traverse global contexts as culturally-sensitive and professional practitioners, and 2) to establish an intellectual framework for students to understand the interrelationship between real estate and design.

The interrelationship between real estate, design, and their underlying production process are explored through analysis of rational economic activities, real estate market performance, ownership structures, private and public joint venture, as well as the efficacy of public financing.

Projects Description
Each year, the Global Leadership in Real Estate and Design course focuses on two development/investment sites — one domestic and the other international. For Spring 2014, the two sites will be:

Downtown Boston Waterfront:
This year’s domestic project is an opportunity to rethink and redefine the relationship between downtown Boston and Boston Harbor. The project is the redevelopment of the Boston Harbor Garage—a monolithic 7 story structure of 459,000 square feet, built during the era when the waterfront was something to be avoided rather than celebrated. Acquired by the developer in 2007 for $153 million, the property currently has a net profit of $8.5 million annually. With constant interaction with the developer, architects, brokerage firms and other real estate professionals, students will address questions such as: Is it in the best interest of the city and the public to redevelop this site? If so, how it should be redeveloped?

Haizhu Lake Ecological Village, Guangzhou, China:
This site is located outside the city of Guangzhou. Known historically as Canton, Guangzhou city is located on the Pearl River Delta. It is the third largest Chinese city and the largest city in southern China. Our site is adjacent to Haizhu Lake. The development/investment program is mixed-use including a cultural destination and tourist attractions. Sponsored by the developer, students will act as consultants to provide vision and solutions for investing in and developing the site. Students will learn how to balance conservation and development, while creating proposals that simultaneously generate design and investment value.


Courseware site (Canvas)


05431: The Design of Real Estate (SES 0543100)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 510

Instructor(s)
Bing Wang

Course Description

Building typologies are fundamental instruments for constructing urban patterns and spatial forms. In the discourse of modern architecture and urbanism, the study of building typologies often functions as a useful methodology to interpret the condensed interrelationship between the physical attributes of building forms and spatial representation of social and cultural forces of a society. The purpose of this course is, once again, taking this methodology, to offer a necessary perspective for the linkage between the physicality of design practice and the operational perspective of the market economy, specifically, the capital markets (Wall Street). It aims to enable students to understand how building typologies can serve as intersections of design prototypes, real estate products, and commodities of capital investment in the context of physical planning/design of urban form.

Through lectures, slide presentations, readings, and case studies, this course will survey four prototypes of real estate development/investments: residential (single- and multi-family housing), retail, office and mixed use. Students will learn the critical principles of different building typologies' design trajectories, dimensional requirements, compositional patterns, and ordering considerations, as well as the practicality of these physical attributes in the eyes of other active participants in the building environment, particularly developers and capital investors. The focus also will be on the physical patterns that the building types embody at the level of the urban context: the neighborhood, the street, and the site.

The course is intended for both designers and non-designers, to acquaint them with a perspective that incorporates and goes beyond the formality of design associated with each of the product types. The relationship between design aesthetics and economic viability of buildings will be central to the course - how design creates value for investors, owners, and tenants of real estate, as well as the society at large, and how the architectural/urban morphological power contributes to the success of economic performance and operations as units of the market economy.

This course, 5431, was previously offered as 5403M3, and as a 2-unit course, and was previously titled "Building Design Typologies and Operational Principles of Real Estate."


Courseware site (Canvas)


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

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
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

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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