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Landscape Architecture (LARCH)

LARCH 331 (IL) Landscape Architectural Design Implementation I (3) Introduction to landscape construction materials and their use in design; includes principles and techniques for detailed design of site elements. For Landscape Architecture majors only.

LARCH 331 Landscape Architectural Design Implementation III (3)

The landscape architect calls upon a rich array of materials to construct the built elements of landscape—walls, ground surfaces, overhead structures and furniture systems. The functional success and durability of many historical and traditional construction methods is based on a learned appreciation of the qualities and behaviors of materials in use in the landscape. Students develop understanding of the fundamental structural qualities of materials and use that knowledge to devise and illustrate their own design details. The same understanding of material behaviors will be used to investigate the qualities of novel construction materials, and will guide the development of construction details that respond to new constraints and opportunities.

The main focus of 331 will be on materials and construction detailing, with emphasis on techniques appropriate for an array of design situations. Representation of design ideas using computer-aided-drafting is expected in this class.

Lecture topics:
• Material qualities; physical, chemical, structural
• Construction details and specifications
• Control of moisture penetration
• Issues of health, safety and welfare (danger, security, observation)
• Design behavior / people spaces
• Site furniture—selection, layout etc.
• Site layout/staking plan
• Paving—patterns and materials
• Fountains and water features
• ADA and Universal Design
• Trees in Urban Design
• Material selection in the urban environment
• Outdoor lighting
• Public art and sculpture
• Stairs, walls and elevation changes
• Sustainable design and construction
• Site utilities

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: LARCH 231

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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