This course, through a studio format, introduces the concepts, principles and techniques required to design landscapes. The studio is a hands-on experience where students will produce drawings, models and other artifacts to convey their design solutions for the projects assigned. In the first year landscape architectural studio sequence, it is our intention that students begin to learn to manipulate the three key formal elements available to the landscape designer - the land (topography), architectural form (walls, pavements, small structural objects and furnishings) and vegetation. Although the projects in this studio will require some experimentation with all three, we will concentrate primarily on the skills required to manipulate topography.
Goals and Objectives
* To become more thoughtful observers and critics of the built landscape. Learning to observe and evaluate the aesthetic, social and ecological successes of existing landscapes can inform your decisions on your own projects.
* To develop the ability to embody an idea within the landscape.
* To develop the ability to think and conceptualize in three dimensions.
* To develop a design methodology that allows you to identify, analyze and propose a physical solution to a design problem.
* To learn to think "in scale" that is, to understand how big, how long, and how far various landscapes are in geographic and temporal scale.
* To develop the graphic communication skills required to convey formal intentions.
* To develop the ability to visualize three-dimensional earthforms from two-dimensional topographic maps. You will learn to manipulate topography to achieve both aesthetic and functional intentions.