Because landscape is an elusive and complex medium whose most fundamental and compelling characteristic is its ever-changing nature, landscape architecture has both suffered and flourished from the lack of a shared theoretical foundation. Instead, landscape architects have borrowed ideas from geography, ecology, anthropology, sociology, visual and performing art... This course will offer the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the medium of landscape, as well as the vocabulary and working methods of landscape architecture, particularly as it is integral to, effective of, and resultant from the process of urbanization. During each class, landscape will be introduced through a unique lens – as representation, as material, as process, as cultural register (etc) – and will evolve into a discussion about how each of landscape’s many embodiments are addressed in and shaped by theory, method (as ideational process and inquiry) and action. While action implies the practice of implementing design, it also refers to how people react to and appropriate sites after the designer is long gone.