GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014

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Courses taught by Neil Brenner

04472: Urban Theory after 1968: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanism (HIS 0447200)

Urban Planning and Design
Lecture - 4 credits
Friday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 124

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner

Course Description

This class elaborates some of the theoretical foundations for the ongoing research of the Urban Theory Lab on the contemporary “urban revolution”. Such an investigation requires considerable conceptual and methodological innovation, not least because inherited approaches to urban theory and research generally take for granted the very distinction between city and non-city spaces that is today being radically superseded. We here explore the problematique of planetary urbanization in four steps. First, we survey the legacies of city-centric epistemologies and cartographies in several key approaches to urban theory. Second, we critically evaluate several key strands of late 20th and early 21st century urban theory with particular attention to their treatment of the “global” dimensions of urbanization (Marxist urban theory and global city theory). Third, through a close reading of key works by Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey and more recent contributions, we elaborate some conceptual foundations for approaching newly emergent, planetary patterns of urbanization. Fourth, we consider some of the major debates in contemporary urban theory, in relation to which the conceptualization of planetary urbanization has been articulated.


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09133: Urban Theory Lab, Project-Based Seminar: Extreme Territories of Urbanization (ADV 0913300)

Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 8:00 - 11:00   Gund 124

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner

Course Description

In the early 1970s, Henri Lefebvre anticipated a situation of "generalized urbanization" in which an "urban fabric" would be extended to encompass the entire planet. More recently, geographer Edward Soja declared that "every square inch of the world is urbanized to some degree." While the changing morphology and scale of urbanized regions has attracted considerable attention among urban scholars, the worldwide "urban fabric" postulated by Lefebvre and Soja remains underresearched and poorly understood. Building on the theory of extended urbanization that is now under development in the Urban Theory Lab-GSD, this project-based research seminar will test the Lefebvre-Soja hypothesis of complete urbanization with reference to several "extreme territories" that are normally not considered to contain urban elements--the Himalayas, the Amazon, the Arctic, the Gobi steppe, Siberia, the Sahara, Patagonia, the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere. Following some introductory readings to establish a shared analytical framework, teams of students follow a common theoretical, representational and methodological protocol to investigate one of the aforementioned zones. The seminar is the second in a multi-year series that will result in a UTL publication.

Enrollment process/prerequisites:
Students are given preference to enrollment, in this order, via the limited enrollment course lottery:
1. involved in the Urban Theory Lab
2. Doctoral students
3. enrolled in the ULE MDes track

4. Students enrolled in other MDes tracks and other students (who are not enrolled in studio) may also select this course in the limited-enrollment course lottery, but will be enrolled by permission of the instructor. These students should send Professor Brenner (via Maria Moran, mmoran@gsd.harvard.edu) an email describing their interest in this course/area of research.


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

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

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

Architecture
Research Seminar - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
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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09502: Independent Study by Candidates for Doctoral Degrees (ADV 0950200)

Urban Planning and Design
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Neil Brenner, Erika Naginski, Susan Snyder

Course Description

Under faculty guidance, the student conducts a reading program and formulates a thesis proposal. The course is intended for doctoral students.


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