Spring 2016: Coursework

All junior+ level undergraduate students in Architecture and Landscape Architecture are eligible for the program.  Coursework (content, deliverables + outcomes) are geared to each students’ disciplinary focus in order to accommodate the particular degree requirements (and skill-sets) for BDA, B.S. and LD+P students.  Undergraduate students from other universities are also welcome to participate (there is a course enrollment cap of 16 students)

Coursework includes the following:

Drawing (-in) the Eternal City (Instructor: O. Saloojee, 4 credits):  An immersive drawing workshop that looks at the public and private spaces of Rome’s streets, architecture and urban landscapes.  Included in this course are a series of drawing and representation workshops, as well as a set of lectures by several guest faculty, architects and historians.  Workshops are conducted in the studio and student center in the Piazza D’Orologio and on site throughout Rome. We will explore, through a conceptual, analytical and speculative drawing exercise, the “Via Papalis,” the ceremonial route that Popes would take from St. Peter’s to St. John the Lateran, weaving through the urban fabric city of the city.  The course is simultaneously a drawing course and seminar, on how politics, image, culture and social practice impact and transform space – and vice versa. The course will include a series of fieldtrips – including Florence and Orvieto, as well as to Ostia Antica, Tivoli and Hadrian’s Villa.  There will be an optional trip to Venice at the end of the drawing class, prior to our departure for Istanbul.Rome reviews panorama

Istanbul: The City in Visual Culture (Instructor: O. Saloojee, 3 Credits, Liberal Education Certification: Arts/Humanities Core + Global Perspectives Theme): A seminar class that explores the visual and spatial culture of the city of Istanbul through it’s architecture, urban history, greenscapes, public art and photography.  The course is conducted on site (at the Istanbul Center as well as on site in Istanbul).   Part of the Visual Culture seminar will include a trip to Central Anatolia; we will travel through Cappadoccia, Konya and Kusadasi and will also visit the UNESCO world heritage sites of Ephesus, Pergamon and Didyma.  Students will explore, research and study a series of selected urban typologies throughout the city to investigate the historic, present and anticipated morphology of the city.  How do the local and global, the particular and the universal meet in Istanbul’s streets?Suleymaniye Panorama

Byzantium/Constantinople: Crossroads of East and West (Instructor: TBD, 3 Credits, Liberal Education Certification: Historical Perspectives Core + Global Perspectives Theme) A history course, taught by faculty from Sabancı University that explores the Byzantine and Ottoman legacies of present-day Istanbul in the context of its art and architecture. Courses are conducted through lectures, seminars and presentations at the Istanbul Center, as well through on site-lectures at monuments and sites in Istanbul, as well as the early capital cities of Bursa and Edirne.  Students will explore the multi-faceted fabric of the city – its layers and juxtapositions, its historicity and its modernity.Istiklal panorama

Design Studio (Instructor: O. Saloojee, 6 Credits): An interdisciplinary design studio that focuses on the re-design of an  important ferry terminal on the Bosphorous, the Strait that separates the European and Asian Sides of the city.  Considered the essential, living heart of the city, the Bosphorous is one of the defining parts of Istanbul’s legacy and importance.  There are only two bridges that cross the Bosphorous (although planned infrastructure for additional bridges and tunnels are underway), which makes ferry and boat use an every-day experience.  When fog or inclement weather prohibit the use of the waterway, Istanbul comes to a standstill.  The Bosphorous is vital – not only to traffic and movement, but to the cultural and historical and social vibrancy of the city.  The Bosphorous is part of the site for the study project.  Landscape Architecture students will be expected to design and develop a small scale, micro-urban landscape – addressing issues of water, climate and ecology; Architecture students will re-design the ferry station site, concentrating on the programming of a new ferry station and a multi-functional landscape.  For 2016, students will be working on the Asian side of the city, focusing on the re-design of the Kadiköy Ferry terminal.  We will be collaborating with the design atelier TAK, a community based design practice in the area, and will likely be working 1 day a week at TAK’s fantastic studio space.  The studio offering for 2016 will also include collaborative work with our “Cities on Water” Graduate students (who will be traveling to the Netherlands and Istanbul).

Bosphorous panorama

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