GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014

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Courses taught by Rahul Mehrotra

05211: Cities by Design II (SES 0521100)

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

Rahul Mehrotra, Eve Blau, Ricky Burdett, Jose Castillo, Jana Cephas, Peter Rowe, Christine Smith, Erkin Ozay

Course Description

The year-long ‘Cities by Design’ course is mandatory for all incoming Masters of Urban Design Students. All other students are welcome to enroll in the course by semester, and need not do so in sequence.

Cities by Design studies urban form. Each semester, 'Cities by Design' will examine six cities as case studies in order to expose students to a range of factors that affect the design of contemporary cities in various geographical contexts. The case studies will focus on both the urban condition as a whole by exploring processes of urban evolution, and on the study of urban fragments and projects. Each case study will be comprised of three or four lectures and one discussion section. The Spring Case Studies consists of Berlin, London, Mexico City, Rome, Detroit, and Mumbai.

Two main pedagogical objectives guide the course: (1) to engage students in a comparative study of cities that will broaden their definition of the ‘urban’, and (2) to build the historical framework within which they will identify the urban characteristics and design strategies that render particular cities distinct. Comparative analyses of the urban case studies will be guided by the following eight themes, which will be explored through the lectures, section discussions, and assigned readings:

1. The city's genealogy and key historical events, phases of development & patterns of growth.
2. The ways in which the terrain, geography, and infrastructural development constrain and present opportunities for the city's development and ambitions.
3. The city's planning and design culture and decision-making institutions.
4. The challenges that social equity present to planning and design in the city.
5. The orchestration of the city's relationship to the broader region.
6. How the particular city contributes to a definition of the 'urban' condition.
7. The framing and design of key urban projects/case studies.
8. The city's planning institutions, historical conditions, urban forms, or ambitions, etc. that have contributed to its iconicity in a global context.
Term grades will be based on attendance and participation in both lectures and section discussions, biweekly response papers, and a final term paper.

Faculty for Spring 2014 to include: Rahul Mehrotra and Erkin Ozay (course coordinators), with Eve Blau, Ricky Burdett, Jose Castillio, Jana Cephas, Peter Rowe, and Christine Smith.

Teaching Fellows: Ozlem Altinkaya and Olga Touloumi

No Prerequisites.

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09129: The Ephemeral City: Research Seminar on Temporal Urbanism (ADV 0912900)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 510

Rahul Mehrotra, Luis Felipe Vera Benitez

Course Description

ADV-09129 /The Ephemeral City: Research Seminar on Temporal Urbanism

Today, the scale and pace of contemporary urbanization challenges the notion of permanence as a basic condition of cities. In reaction to this condition, there is an emerging argument about the need to situate the notion of the ephemeral in the larger discourse on cities. In reality, when cities are analyzed over large temporal-spans, ephemerality emerges as an important state in the life cycle of every built environment. It is in this context that the seminar is framed as an exploration of temporal landscapes in order to extract lessons and provide a conceptual framework to understand both permanent and impermanent urban configurations. In fact, in recent years, there has been an extraordinary increase in pilgrimage practices, which have consequently translated into the need of larger and more frequently constructed settlements for hosting mass gatherings. Also, climate change, ensuing natural disasters and political rife are rendering temporary settlements as holding strategies or short-term solutions with more frequent occurrence. At the same time, cultural celebrations are also constantly increasing in scale as well as frequency, and resulting in the erection of temporary built structures within and outside urban areas. These examples can be expanded to add several other cases including: an array of pop-up settlements built for the extraction of natural resources in mining, oil extraction, and forestry industries, as well as temporary installations for defense purposes in different latitudes, and even the recent disruptive constructions inside formal settlements as a result of the ‘Occupy’ movement. During the course of the semester we will identify and develop several taxonomies of ephemeral urbanism including those that are deployed for rite, defense, refuge, emergency, celebration or extraction. They have much to teach us about planning and design, on flow management, accelerated urban metabolism, and the deployment of infrastructure, but also about cultural identity, adjustment, and elasticity in urban conditions. They in fact represent an entire surrogate urban ecology that grows and disappears on an, often extremely tight, temporal scale. In short, this research seminar will frame this notion of the ephemeral as a productive category within the larger discourse on urbanism more generally.

The class will be capped at 12 students. No prerequisites.

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

Independent Study - 4 credits

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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