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Landscape Architecture (LARCH)

LARCH 060 (GA;US;IL) History of Design on the Land (3) A survey of the historical development of outdoor space in relationship to allied arts from early beginnings to this century.

LARCH 060 History of Landscape Architecture (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

LARCH 060 is an introductory survey course of the historical development of designed outdoor space in relationship to the allied arts from early beginnings to present day. Although the profession of architecture was not named until 1858, with the award-winning design of Central Park by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the art of design on the land has been practiced since the beginning of time. It is the creation of human environments, inevitably expressing the creator's perception of the relationship between humanity and nature.

As with all art, the design of outdoor spaces reveals a culture's beliefs, values, and aspirations. If one studies design in different cultures and time periods, one can learn a great deal about that society. One can also begin to see history holistically, to detect trends, to relate yesterday to today, and to question the present and future. In the course we explore the outdoor spatial designs of history, with emphasis upon what these designs reveal about cultural attitudes toward nature, humanity and art. While we will address middle and far-eastern landscapes, the course focuses upon western civilizations with the second half focusing on American landscapes.

The objective of this course is to present a concise analysis of the design of outdoor space with special emphasis on American design from 1800 to date. It is hoped that students will gain an increased awareness of landscape architecture as an art, and of their own built environment as a product of cultural values.

Grades are based upon three examinations: two during the course and one during final exam period. Each examination is worth 33 1/3% of your final grade. Each exam will consist mostly of multiple-choice questions some of which may be based on slides; there may also be short answer questions. The specific format will be announced prior to each exam. Both lecture content and reading packet material will be covered on the exams. Computer tutorials are available and designed to aid in your understanding of the reading packet. As well, the lectures are taped and are available for review through the University's Classroom Recording unit. To further aid you in understanding course content, a study guide will be posted every week at the web address.

General Education: GA
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2010

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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