GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014

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Courses taught by Florian Idenburg

01202: Fourth Semester Core: RELATE (STU 0120200)

Core Studio - 8 credits
Tuesday Thursday 12:30 - 6:00  

Florian Idenburg, Carles Muro, Eric Howeler, Timothy Hyde, Ingeborg Rocker, Spela Videcnik

Course Description

The last of a four-semester sequence of design studios concludes the introduction to architectural design by emphasizing students' elaboration and substantiation of ideas through complex design and by critically addressing the status of contemporary architectural thought through discussion, lectures, and seminars.Prerequisites: GSD 1201

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07416: The Practice as Project (PRO 0741600)

Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Thursday 9:30 - 12:30   Gund 505

Florian Idenburg, Matan Mayer

Course Description

The role of the architect today is constantly shifting. While society will continue to require numbers of well rounded, licensed and affiliated architects to provide core professional services, an increasing amount of hybrid practices will apply an architectural skillset - such the ability to synthesize and orchestrate - in areas as (design and innovation) consultancy, technology and other cultural spheres. Furthermore one will see novel practice-models emerging based on a single agenda or the exploration of a specific field of interest. Understanding the extent of this shifting array of opportunities, and how to operate within this dynamic field is vital for the young graduate of tomorrow. Ultimately, finding a meaningful way to apply one’s unique capabilities and believes in pursuit of ones own ‘project’ - will be a key motivator for professional success.

Objectives and Outcomes:
The objective of this course is to teach students an array of strategies of structuring practice - with all its facets - such that it becomes an instrument for growth, both intellectual and economical.

The course’s area of focus will oscillate between the core and the periphery of the profession. Through examining a series of people, practices and projects it will demonstrate ways to structure one’s convictions into a vehicle for professional fulfillment. This will happen in 3 ways.

1. Visits to a number of practices in Boston (NADAAA, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, over,under & Pinkcomma Gallery)
2. Conversations with outside visitors, including young professionals leading large global design firms, as BIG (Sheela Maina, CEO) and Bruce Mau Design (Hunter Tura, CEO); young architects successfully pursuing their own beliefs through practice, such as Chris Lee (SERIE - architects) and Mitch McEwan (Superfront); enablers, facilitators or advocates of the profession and the culture of architecture. Andrew Klemmer (Paratus Group), Jarred de la Valle (Alloy)
3. Case studies of architectural projects and their underlying professional structures that brought these to light. Toledo Museum by SANAA, Kukje Gallery and Shrem Museum by SO - IL amongst others.)

Method of Evaluation:
Grades will be established based on student’s participation, quality of response to weekly assignments and quality of final paper.

This course is geared towards ambitious students who want to pursue a meaningful and self-motivated career in the unstable regions of the profession.

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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

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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