Taubman College

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Term Winter 2012
Class ARCH 505
Class Title ET Landscape Infrastructure Seminar
Description Within the context of increasingly complex networked ecologies and economies, energy and mobility infrastructures, social dynamics and cultural forces that attend the conditions surrounding contemporary urbanism, it is in part the architect’s capacity for lateral thinking, visualization, and synthesis of these forces and flows that may enable interdisciplinary groups to work on the challenging questions of our time. Cultural desire for meaningful and effective means towards sustainable strategies that operate at the large scale of urban and regional systems has created the demand for new types of GeoDesigners that are able to gather, analyze, parse, prioritize and visualize a range of potential design scenarios relative to the complex forces that attend a situation in a context of dynamic feedback loops that enable careful decision making and where design is developed in parallel with the assessment of instrumental impacts.

This course introduces senior graduate students to a range of methods, techniques, and digital tools incorporating GIS based data to illuminate ways of working effectively in these context – an emerging design method where research, dynamic modeling and intervention inflect and shape one another. Critical readings in complex systems theory, landscape urbanism, and industrial ecology will be paired with technological research linked to the term research project. Special guests with disciplinary specific knowledge will inform seminar work and provide feedback to the group as the project situation is unraveled and developed.

Students will work as a single seminar-wide team on a specific matter of urgent concern that spans a regional context, synthesizing perspectives from a range of disciplines, and developing contextual mappings and analysis from which design proposals will emerge. This form of action research is emerging within graduate education across disciplines as a strategy to introduce concretized complexity into the domain of academic speculation.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective Yes
Meets Friday 9:00am-12:00pm East Review
Credits 3
Faculty Geoffrey Thün
Syllabus Arch505_Thun_Winter12.pdf