GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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Courses taught by Silvia Benedito

01111: Landscape Architecture I: First Semester Core Studio (STU 0111100)

Landscape Architecture
Core Studio - 8 credits
Monday Wednesday Friday 2:00 - 6:00  

Instructor(s)
Gary Hilderbrand, Silvia Benedito, Andrea Hansen, Jane Hutton

Course Description

This studio course introduces students to elements of landscape architectural design at the scale of the public garden in an urban context. As the first of a four-term sequence of design studios, the course aims to help students develop spatial literacy, critical design thinking, and skills in the representation of landscape architecture. The studio introduces and explores various issues of perennial concern to landscape design through a typological reading of and intervention in canonical projects from the history of the urban public landscape. Topics include the 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. Using a range of two- and three-dimensional media, both analog and digital, members of the studio work with orthographic, axonometric, and perspective projection drawings as well as physical models. Throughout the semester, students are exposed to and expected to develop an iterative working method that translates conceptual thought into models of spatial form through varying modes of representation; is rooted in processes of conceptualization and elaboration parallel to those of contemporary landscape architectural design; responds effectively to criticism; and engages within a culture of productive peer review. The studio examines the imponderable gaps between site, representation, and built work, in the context of landscape design. 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 class will be divided into three sections and will gather for project presentations, workshops, and reviews.


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02141: Landscape Representation I (VIS 0214100)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Tuesday 10:00 - 1:00   Gund 508

Instructor(s)
Jane Hutton, Silvia Benedito

Course Description

This course introduces students to the history, techniques, and conventions of representation used in the field of landscape architecture. Rather than a static description of a set design agenda, landscape representation is an active means for understanding and building complexity in design work. The primary objective of the course is the cultivation of a drawing practice that facilitates critical thinking, the testing of design ideas, and effective communication. Students will work with a range of two- and three-dimensional drawing and representation types, including orthographic (plan, section, elevation), oblique, and perspective projections, sketching from observation, and photographic annotation. Emphasis is placed on concurrent and iterative development of analog and digital representation techniques; analog media include graphite, ink, and mixed media, and digital software include AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign). The course begins with a five-day pre-semester workshop that introduces students to orthographic projection through a reading of precedent drawings from the landscape architecture canon. Subsequent module topics continue to draw from precedent, while introducing field sketching, photo documentation, graphic layout, and verbal presentation skills. Classes consist of lectures, assignment tutorials, and desk-crits. Topics and assignments for GSD2141 are closely integrated with GSD111: Landscape Architecture I Design Studio and are designed to provide strategies and tools for approaching studio work. Evaluation will be based on class participation and a series of weekly exercises; grades will reflect growth made throughout the semester. There are no pre-requisites.


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