GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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Courses taught by Richard T.T. Forman

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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06301: Landscape Ecology (SCI 0630100)

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

Instructor(s)
Richard T.T. Forman

Course Description

This course examines the ecological structure, functioning, and change of a mosaic of natural systems and land uses, such as woods, wetlands, fields, streams, roads, and built areas. Combining science and spatial pattern at broad landscape and regional scales, the emphasis is on principles which apply widely. Forested, agricultural, dry, and suburban landscapes are emphasized using a worldwide perspective. Key topics include: spatial patterns of land mosaics; patches, boundaries, corridors, and matrix; flows and movements of animals, plants, materials and energy across the land; and diverse landscape transformations and their associated ecological changes. Abundant applications of major principles are pinpointed for design, conservation, planning, management, and policy.Prerequisites: None, but a principles of ecology course is recommended.


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