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Landscape Architecture (LARCH)

LARCH 361W Historic Issues in Landscape Architecture (3) A review of design history (precedent studies), an introduction to historic method, history as an informant to design, reading the historic landscape, and issues of preservation and restoration. Landscape Architecture majors only.

LARCH 361W Historic Issues in Landscape Architecture (3)

LARCH 361W, Historical Issues in Landscape Architecture, is a writing-intensive course that enables a more thorough investigation of historic issues as they relate to design. The dual goal of this course is to introduce students to a variety of ways that landscape architects address and use history in their work, and to develop their skills in verbally communicating ideas on this subject through presentations, reports, and proposals.

The course is devoted to a wide range of relevant issues and topics confronting the profession and discipline of landscape architecture in the 21st century. It investigates the modern designed landscape as a distinct mode of cultural production—with its own materials, medium, codes, ethics, and concerns—in the context of landscape architectural theory’s interconnection to evolving societal constructions of nature, social issues, environmentalism, and the city. It begins with the emergency of a modern sensibility about landscape in the late 13th century and trade developments through modernism postmodernism, and into post modernism. Information dissemination will be by lectures and student explorations through short papers.

This writing-intensive course provides third-year landscape architecture students a grounding in contemporary theoretical issues that impact landscape architecture, from social to environmental theories, both by landscape architects and by other theoreticians. The goal is to provide students an understanding of contemporary ideas that influence the work of landscape architects.

Course Objectives:
• To expand the student’s knowledge of contemporary landscape architectural practice.
• To enable the student to gain a better understanding of the conceptual frameworks within which exemplary work has been and is currently being produced.
• To identify and describe the interactions between social formations, landscape theory, and built work.
• To introduce landscape architectural theory as a practice which occupies the space between the binary opposites of cultural/nature, architecture/landscape, and art/science.
• To illustrate the means by which theory can explain, frame, and situate design work in the past, present, and future.
• To allow the student to refine his or her critical abilities relative to built works and writings in contemporary landscape architecture.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: LARCH 311

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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