GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010
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Courses taught by Charles Waldheim
01111: Landscape Architecture I: First Semester Core Studio (STU 0111100)
Core Studio - 8 credits
Monday Wednesday Friday 2:00 - 6:00
This studio course introduces students to the fundamental elements of landscape architectural design at the scale of the public garden in an urban context. The studio examines the imponderable gaps between site, representation, and built work, in the context of landscape design. As the first of a four-term sequence of design studios, the course aims to help students develop spatial literacy, skills in the representation of landscape architecture, and critical design thinking. A typologically based series of design exercises introduce a range of issues of perennial concern to landscape design. These exercises build from the reading of precedent in the field, and increase in complexity as the semester progresses. Using a range of two- and three-dimensional media, both analog and digital, members of the studio work with orthographic projection, plan, section, elevation, model making, and three-dimensional drawing. The studio introduces and explores various tropes of landscape design through a typological reading of certain canonical projects from the history of the urban public landscape. These include the studied examination of promenade and path, permeability and pavement, ground cover and texture, spatial enclosure and bound, threshold and limit, topographic complexity and sectional variation, horizontal envelopment and canopy, prospect and refuge, among others. Throughout the semester, students are exposed to and expected to develop an iterative work process that responds effectively to criticism; an understanding of the stages of the landscape design process; a critical engagement with contemporary landscape architecture practice; an awareness of the complex ecological and social forces that constitute and affect urban landscapes; the ability to translate ideas into spatial form; visual and verbal presentation skills; and a culture of peer review. Emphasis is placed on the status and role of representation and the studio as a performative venue for the production of landscape design. Studio meets for twelve hours a week. The entire class will gather for project presentations, workshops and reviews, and the class will be divided into three sections, each meeting with a different instructor for desk-crits throughout the semester. GSD 6212 Sustainability for Planning and Design is an integral part of GSD 1111 Landscape Architecture I (Studio). For course details please refer to the syllabus and on-line description of GSD 6212.
03541: Proseminar in Landscape Architecture (DES 0354100)
Lecture - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Tuesday 11:30 - 1:30 Gund 318
This course surveys multiple definitions of landscape architecture. Rather than seeking a singular understanding of the field, the seminar postulates that landscape might be understood in relation to other terms across an expanded disciplinary and professional field. The course will pursue multiple provisional working definitions of landscape as a method to describe landscape architecture as a contemporary cultural form. The first of these definitions distinguishes between landscape as medium, landscape as discipline, and landscape as profession. Beginning with the course introduction and inquiry into the origins of the word itself, the seminar is organized into a series of weekly rhetorical questions. These questions are built upon Garrett Eckbo's 1983 essay rhetorical titled "Is Landscape Architecture" Following from Eckbo's rhetorical questioning, we will ask similarly charged rhetorical questions weekly in order to unpack landscape's luggage.Over the term members of the seminar will be introduced to a range of ideas, authors, agents, and actors shaping the contemporary field of landscape architecture. Members of the seminar will also come to know the research and creative professional practice of many faculty members currently constituting the Department of Landscape Architecture at the GSD, as well as a range of leading figures nationally. Through a series of readings, seminar discussions, and presentations by visitors, members of the seminar will be introduced to the study of landscape architecture at Harvard and be invited to articulate their own academic experiences, intellectual commitments, and professional aspirations.
09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)
Research Seminar - 8 credits
A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent study.