Taubman College

Course List

Term Winter 2011
Class ARCH 505
Class Title Liquid Planning
Description The course will look at the Great Lakes Watershed Basin and analyze the overall hydrological system from different disciplinary lenses. Throughout the semester, students will work in multidisciplinary teams to examine the implications of storm water management practices in the nested scales of the built environment, and will speculate on a new paradigm that moves from a water-proof urbanism to a water-prone set of disciplinary practices. In an attempt to contest the role of political boundaries in the liquid planning and design of our region, we will test our interventions in the area defined by Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River, and the contributing watersheds. This water line carries the international border between Canada and the United States, and its largely urbanized and industrialized shorelines.

The class will integrate readings, site visits, lectures and discussions with problem solving exercises (documents) and software tutorials (ArcGIS and Rhino). Lectures will include several invited specialists considering watershed resource planning and management from other disciplinary points of view including policy, economics, public health, ecology and engineering. Tutorials will teach how to use software critically, thereby enabling an innovative approach to input, analysis and output of data through the specific parameters of research questions. Visual representations will play a key role in providing a platform to organize and communicate information associated with complex problems with precision and clarity to a wider audience.

Assignments will be organized around group work and will engage analytical mapping and diagrams in order to cross-register scales and disciplinary concerns. Group work will ultimately produce design documents, three-dimensional models, material tests, and a short report documenting the work performed through the semester.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm 2213 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Jen Maigret, María Arquero de Alarcón
Syllabus not available