GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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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 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 124
Wednesday 2:30 - 5:30   Gund 124

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

Course Description

Mondays, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. LecturesWednesdays, 2:00-5:00 PM. Lectures or field-study tripsOne required two-day field-study trip (In 2011, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, or Oct. 1-2)Course description. The science of ecology is introduced through the lenses of local sites, urban areas, and broad landscapes. Key motifs during the course include basic ecological principles, spatial patterns, field observations, and the application of principles. 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 change over time. Field studies highlight ecological and horticultural perspectives, in addition to Southern New England forested and urban areas.Pedagogic goals. The overarching goal is for students to develop a solid understanding of the basic principles of ecology, i.e., the study of how organisms interact with the environment, that are especially useful for landscape architecture. Emphasis is also placed on direct observation, analysis, and application of the ecological principles at different spatial scales in both natural and urban habitats. In addition, recognition of distinctive spatial, functional, and change patterns in the landscape is highlighted.Basis of grades. 40% four short exercises; 30% final main exercise (2 parts); 30% attendance, participation, and other evidence of learning (15% class; 15% field studies)Dr. Peter Del Tredici. Senior Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum, and Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Design. Office hours: TBA, or e-mail ptredici@oeb.harvard.edu for appointment. Gund Hall Room TBA.Dr. Richard T. T. Forman. PAES Professor of Landscape Ecology, Harvard Graduate School of Design. Office hours: TBA, or by appointment. Gund Hall Room 41


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

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30   Gund 510

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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