This required seminar introduces candidates in the MDesS Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology [ULE] concentration to the range of research on urbanism and landscape presently pursued by GSD faculty. Through weekly readings, seminar presentations, research tutorials, and discussions, incoming MDesS ULE students are introduced to the research agendas of several core faculty members working in this area. Each faculty member will present a distinct set of questions and methods with respect to contemporary urbanism, landscape, geography, cartography, or territory.
Seminar participants will gain insight into the discourse surrounding a diverse array of disciplinary questions, and into the methodological implications of those questions. They will be invited to identify a particular ‘problématique,’ or question, to inform their own research within the context of the various topics, themes, and agendas articulated and discussed in the seminar. Participants will present this question in the form of a seminar presentation and research paper. Upon completion of the seminar, MDesS ULE candidates will have articulated a specific research question to pursue in the coming semesters with a faculty advisor.