GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014

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Courses taught by Hanif Kara

01318: Borrominations, or the Auratic Dome (STU 0131800)

Option Studio - 8 credits - Limited enrollment
This course has an IRREGULAR meeting schedule. Please see full course description.
Tuesday Thursday 2:00 - 6:00  

Ciro Najle, Hanif Kara

Course Description

Thousands of lives sharing their lack of reciprocity and involvement under a single roof: this seems to be the way in which public space functions today. The ancient notion of people rapidly looses its meaning in favor of that of networks, and the modern notion of crowd has lost all its former heroic effervescence and the qualitative power of quantity. Absolute communication indiscriminately raises individuals to the position of potential celebrities, in the middle of the ubiquitous indifference in which social networks are flooding both the subject and the collective. Both praised and displaced, millions perform subtle variations of the same, as if doing something particular, personal, and irreducible. The masses have simultaneously lost historical significance and at the same time have opened up to new forms of what constitutes the public. In this context, architecture can take two roads: to follow the loss of political power and aesthetic relevance by means of becoming ornamental and celebratory, or to construct new versions of the public where singular conditions can be built from within and out of the ordinary, the apathetic, and the simply coexistent. Contemporary architecture is faced nowadays with the challenge of turning indifference into a new form of aura, in this case, of traditions yet-to-come, by engaging its archaic power of congregation at a radically new, non-sacred level.

The Studio takes on this challenge by engaging architectures whose elusive and poignant sensibility, often regarded as capricious, delirious, ignorant, or plainly malignant, were able to construct forms of aura that could project themselves to the future and persist in time. Borrominations will explore the potentials of the work of Francesco Borromini, 1599-1667, at San Carlo alle Quatro Fontane, Rome, 1634-1682, with the purpose of using its formal and organizational machinery -complex spatial totalities constructed as if they were indivisible figures- as series of primitives for further differentiation. San Carlino will be adopted as a model and differentiated in order to imagine new forms of public space: fully enveloped exteriorities, abstract forms of nature, vast urban interiors, immersive spatial fields, miniaturized theme parks, immersive artificial landscapes, sky lobbies and atriums, vertiginously deep spaces, and fleet-in-being experiences, 'where the city itself will be held in a state of suspended animation', and where the contemporary collective will, at the same time, engender and be subject to new forms of architectural aura.

The studio will meet on alternate weeks on Tues, Wed and Thurs. Tues and Thurs are the official studio days.

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06328: In Search of Design through Engineers (SCI 0632800)

Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 109

Hanif Kara, Andreas Georgoulias

Course Description

This course aims to teach, stimulate and demonstrate "design led" opportunities that exist in the zone between Architecture and Engineering, through the paradigm of Design Engineering. Positioned within the space of interdisciplinary boundaries, the course invites both GSD and MIT students to encourage and pioneer a joint, interdisciplinary discourse.

Eight high profile projects, won as design competitions and subsequently constructed, act as the platform to expand the thinking on:
- Pioneering technical solutions;
- Establishing a variety of aesthetic positions; and
- Exploring transformational research in both design methodologies and technological developments.

The course structure covers a broad spectrum of architectural approaches that allow students to respond to each unique derivative position, from concept to construction. Through substantial and unpublished original material, students will engage with the early conceptual stages through to the detailed design process and construction.

Case studies will be studied in pairs, with each module lasting 4-5 sessions. Through fast design exercises, analysis, interaction and team work, students will become part of the project team in the most critical design decisions. Student team projects will be assigned for each module and present their analyses in class. During the course, several project architect(s) from the cases will participate in the discussion. A final paper/ design project will conclude the course.

- Ravensbourne college (FOA),
- 2010 Shanghai Expo UK Pavilion (Heatherwick),
- Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (Zaha Hadid)
- Turner Contemporary Museum (David Chipperfield Architects);
- MSU Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (Zaha Hadid)
- 240 Blackfriars London (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris) - plus introduction to White Collar Factory
- Phaeno Centre (Zaha Hadid)
- Various UK 2012 Olympics projects.

The course will meet in accordance with the academic calendar, once per week during the semester.

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09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)

Research Seminar - 8 credits

Leire Asensio Villoria, Martin Bechthold, Pierre Bélanger, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, K. Michael Hays, Timothy Hyde, Hanif Kara, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Ali Malkawi, Panagiotis Michalatos, Kiel Moe, Holly Samuelson, Allen Sayegh, Charles Waldheim, Andrew Witt, Ed Eigen

Course Description

A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent study.

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