GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:55:41.
Courses taught by Antoine Picon
03428: Digital Culture, Architecture and the City (DES 0342800)
Lecture - 4 credits
Friday 9:00 - 12:00 Sackler - Lecture Hall
This course is scheduled to take place in the Sackler lecture hall, in the Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway.
Some twenty years ago, when Bernard Tschumi and young instructors like Greg Lynn or Ali Rahim launched the so-called "Paperless Studio," based upon the intensive use of the computer, the endeavor was considered at best as highly experimental. Today, computers have literally invaded schools of architecture and design offices. Their introduction has been accompanied by the emergence of new methods and forms. Moreover, their use is representative of a much broader phenomenon: the influence of digital culture on architectural and urban design. Beyond the design world, digital culture appears as a fundamental feature of our contemporary society. Ubiquitous computing constitutes one of the expressions of its pervasive presence. This course will envisage the complex set of relations that have been established between computer and architecture, as well as between digital culture, as a social phenomenon, and architecture and the city. Its aim is to contribute to a better understanding of what is at stake in a process of change that is still going on today. Whereas we are no longer fascinated by blobs, new subjects of interest have emerged such as the development of parametric design, the new possibilities offered by digital fabrication, the rising challenges of sustainability and the role digital technologies will play to address them.
In order to foster this better understanding of what is at stake in the digital, the course will begin by providing a series of historical points of reference regarding the development of digital culture. From history the course will quickly turn to the present and to the various issues it raises. One will pass thus from history to theory. Following almost twenty years of accelerated technological developments, the time has come to assess what they represent in terms of the way we define architecture, urban design and even urban planning. Indeed, they are challenging a number of received ideas about these disciplines.
09301: Independent Thesis in Satisfaction of Degree MArch (ADV 0930100)
Research Seminar - 12 credits
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
Following preparation in GSD 9203, each student conducts a design exploration that tests and expands the thesis.Prerequisites: GSD 9203
09503: Preparation of Doctoral Thesis Proposal (ADV 0950300)
Independent Study - 4 credits
Under faculty guidance, the student conducts a reading program and formulates a thesis proposal. The course is intended for doctoral students.
09504: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950400)
Independent Study - 16 credits
Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.