Design Theory Seminar (1) Inquiry-based reading and discussion of design theory literature relevant to the focus and content of LARCH 211.
LARCH 221 Design Theory Seminar (1)
Each of the four design studios that constitute the core of the professional curriculum has a companion seminar that provides the vehicle for structured exploration of the theoretical and philosophical framework within which we design and plan. The seminar is a small group setting where directed readings, independent research and reflection are employed to explore the context of contemporary design.
LARCH 221 is the first of a four-class sequence of design seminars. LARCH 221 is focused on landscape architectural design.
Landscape architectural principles and issues are introduced through studies of design precedents, corollary readings in the sociological, psychological and cultural contexts of design and small-group discussions - the latter frequently related to topics under investigation in the companion studio, LARCH 211. As the curriculum progresses, the issues explored become increasingly complex and build upon prior seminars.
The second-year theory seminar content is introductory in nature. The fall semester (LARCH 221) covers introductory writings addressing the broadset principles of landscape design processes, discussions of fundamental ordering principles, and philosophical positions on the interrelationships of landform, plants and structure. They introduce place-awareness through concepts such as genius loci, ordering principles such as the golden section, and experiential responses to landscape from phenomenological viewpoints.
- To become familiar with important issues in contemporary landscape architecture.
- To exercise and hone skills in critical thinking.
- To exercise and hone skills in speaking and writing persuasively.
- To begin to explore the issues that impinge upon and shape "place."
General Education: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: LARCH 112
Concurrent: LARCH 211
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.