GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010

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Courses taught by Peter Del Tredici

06241: Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies III: Introduction to Ecology (SCI 0624100)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 11:30 - 1:00   Gund 517
Wednesday 2:30 - 5:30   Gund 517

Instructor(s)
Richard T.T. Forman, Peter Del Tredici

Course Description

The science of ecology is introduced through the lenses of local sites, urban areas, and broad landscapes and regions. Key motifs during the course include basic ecological principles, spatial patterns, plants, and field observations. The ecology of plants in landscape architecture, as well as analysis of ecosystems and vegetation, receives special emphasis. Spatial patterns are commonly linked to functional flows and movements, as well as to change over time. Field studies highlight ecological and horticultural perspectives, in addition to familiarity with urban plants and Southern New England ecosystems. The overarching goal is for students to develop a solid understanding of the basic principles of ecology, the study of how organisms interact with the environment, that are especially useful for landscape architecture. Emphasis is also placed on direct observation and analysis of the ecological principles at different spatial scales in both natural and urban habitats. Students learn to identify a basic palette of native, cultivated, and spontaneous plants. In addition, recognition of distinctive spatial, functional, and change patterns in the landscape is highlighted.Basis of grades. 50% two main exercises; 40% short exercises; 10% attendance, participation, and other evidence of learningOne required Friday-&-Saturday field-study trip (In 2010, September 24-25)Open to MLA students taking the third LA core-studio


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06446: Sustainable Plants for a Changing World (SCI 0644600)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30   Gund 318

Instructor(s)
Peter Del Tredici

Course Description

Summary: This lecture course will focus on the nature of the interaction between plants and the environments in which they grow. It will cover both native and non-native species which grow in minimally managed woodland landscapes, horticultural plants in built landscapes, and spontaneous vegetation in unmanaged urban landscapes. Each class will be divided into two parts: a lecture and a "laboratory session." The lectures will cover a wide variety of topics, including: -plant adaptation and urban ecology-plant classification and identification -plant form, function and physiology -horticultural maintenance strategies-ecological issues associated with agricultural crop production-vegetation responses to large-scale ecological issues (i.e. acid rain, urbanization and climate change)-contemporary commercial nursery practices and future trendsIn the lab sessions, students will look at fresh plant specimens and learn the distinguishing characteristics of important plant families. The plant pallet will focus on species which can be cultivated under urban conditions with a minimum input of maintenance (i.e. sustainable). The following plant groups will be covered: -angiosperm trees -shrubs -vines-herbaceous perennials-grasses and bamboos-gymnosperms (conifers and Ginkgo)The last three classes will involve developing a planting strategy for a parcel of vacant land on Harvard property in Allston utilizing the concept of a "cosmopolitan urban meadow."Prerequisite GSD 6218 M1 (Plants and Design) or its equivalent Grades will be based on two short papers, a long, final paper and the presentation of research results on meadow planting in Allston.Required TextsWild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide by Peter Del Tredici (2010)Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Michael A. Dirr (2009)


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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Master's Degrees (ADV 0920101)

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Eric Belsky, Felipe Correa, Peter Del Tredici, Jill Desimini, Richard T.T. Forman, David Hamilton, Jr., Andrea Hansen, K. Michael Hays, Christopher Hoxie, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Jonathan Levi, Judith Grant Long, Anne McGhee, Katharine Parsons, Christoph Reinhart, Michael Schroeder, Thomas Schroepfer, Mack Scogin, Rafael Segal, Jorge Silvetti, Maryann Thompson, Emily Waugh, Andrew Witt, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Cameron Wu, A. Hashim Sarkis, Christian Werthmann

Course Description

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