Landscape Architecture Media Workshop
Introductory media workshop for new landscape architecture students in the 3-year graduate program. Topics include: hand drawing, measuring, architectural drawings, computer software tutorials, and field trips.
- 414Perspectives in History and Theory of Architecture - Landscape ImaginaryPerspectives in History and Theory of Architecture - Landscape ImaginaryThis seminar offers a cross-cultural introduction to ideas of nature, landscape, and the environment. By focusing on “the landscape imaginary,” this course is primarily interested in excavating the mental constructs and cognitive mappings that have shaped attitudes toward the environment in a variety of cultures at a number of discrete historical moments, from antiquity to the present. The seminar makes use of primary sources (both written and visual) to analyze, compare, and contrast an array of key concepts including arcadia, paradise, forest, mountain, villa, landscape, wilderness, land, system, ecology, wasteland, and matter. Our aim will be to develop a critical understanding of categories that have shaped and continue to shape the ways in which we perceive, understand, react to, picture, and design our surroundings at a variety of scales, from the local to the global (and beyond).
- 439Landscape Architecture Media WorkshopLandscape Architecture Media WorkshopIntroductory media workshop for new landscape architecture students in the 3-year graduate program. Topics include: hand drawing, measuring, architectural drawings, computer software tutorials, and field trips.
- 447Ecological Factors in DesignEcological Factors in DesignLectures, laboratory exercises and field trips introduce basic knowledge of incoporating ecological factors in urban design and interaction of landscape science with the human environment. The course will concentrate on both the history and theory of urban ecological design and on the, computing tools currently available to undertake quantitative (and usually spatial) analysis of the effects, of alternative urban designs. In this sense, the course is situated both within landscape ecology and urban, ecology and also in the applied disciplines of planning and architecture, and therefore is part of the newly, identified domain of “geodesign.”
- 499Architectural Drawing & SketchingArchitectural Drawing & Sketching
To Sketch is to Think. When an Architect is designing, they draw what they are thinking and the drawings/sketches are part of the creative process. However, when the Artist draws from life, they describe what they see and interpret it in a personal way. The observer perceives the subject through the artist’s eyes and personal interpretation. While the Artist’s work is an end in itself, the Architect’s early sketch is the beginning of an intriguing visual enquiry and perhaps the initiation of a great building. Why is drawing and sketching so vital to the design process for the Architect? At the conceptual level, sketching or graphic “doodling” visually pre-meditates the first inkling of a design strategy, quickly imagined and soon abandoned if not realizing a fruitful idea. What you sketch and draw is what you see “in your mind,” inspired by what you can visualize around you in a physical context or what you foresee as you “Dream,” the stimulation of visual ideas, the “Starting Block of Design.” The creative process in Architecture is complex and hard to define but when “ideas” are stimulated, they are communicated through sketches. To quote Le Corbusier, “I prefer drawing to talking; drawing is faster and less prone to lying.”