GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2008 - VIS-02301-00

COURSE DETAILS


02301: The Visual Landscape: Analysis and Management (VIS 0230100)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 2 credits - Limited enrollment
This course is a module. It lasts the first half of the semester only.
Monday 3:00 - 6:00   Gund Hall

Instructor(s)

Carl Steinitz

Course Description

The seminar meetings will occur on Monday afternoons in module 1 of the fall semester, with a paper due before Thanksgiving.



Seminar reading and discussion, and demonstrations and experiments will include:

- The visual landscape: why think about it? Can it be managed? Should it be managed? By whom?

- Which "landscape": real, visible, seen, perceived, remembered, or simulated?

- Descriptive theories and methods: which aspects of landscapes are important?

- Evaluative theories and methods: whose values? "the expert's," "the designer's," the client's? or the public's?

- Control theories and methods: design, management, policy, and/or law?



I am convinced that these issues are central to design in general. My objective, simply stated, is to expose these issues and the empirical research supporting them. I consider "landscape" to include ALL of the territory in which we live and what we see. I am particularly interested in preparing students to face the major visual quality issues and theoretical constructs within which their activities will be taking place.


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