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Landscape Architecture (LARCH)

LARCH 241 Ecological Principles for Landscape Design (3) The development of basic ecological knowledge that becomes the basis for sensitive ecological design.

LARCH 241 Vegetation Ecology and Landscape Design (3)

Landscape architecture is so thoroughly in and of the environment that ecological concerns permeate every aspect of practice. Students encounter ecological concepts throughout the curriculum, in the context of social and cultural systems and ecologies as well as the more familiar natural system ecology. The curriculum's entry-point to considering ecology as a fundamental shaper of design and planning is LARCH 241, Ecological Principles for Landscape Design, which introduces students to the basic concepts in ecology such that they will be able to apply ecological knowledge in landscape design and management.

The course focuses on basic ecological principles and concepts at all scales, with special emphasis on the small-scale site and the larger, regional-scale landscape. Key concepts explored in the class include: population, community, ecosystem and landscape. Students will learn the characteristics of healthy ecosystems and will begin to cover the adverse impacts that can result from failure to apply sound ecological principles in design and planning. The principles learned in this class provide the foundation for later explorations that include responses to overlying patterns of human land use and development.

The course achieves the above through a variety of learning activities. The core of the class comprises traditional assigned readings and lectures delivered in the classroom (copies of the readings and PowerPoint slides from lectures are available on-line on ANGEL). The class also includes numerous field experiences, both in the immediate campus area and the close-by off-campus locations. The instructor leads several different types of field experiences - some oriented to ecology and restoration, others focused on natural history and site comprehension.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: LARCH majors only or permission of the program.

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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