GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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Courses taught by Andrea Hansen

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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02241: Landscape Representation III: Landform and Ecological Process (VIS 0224100)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30   Gund 516
Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30   Gund 124

Instructor(s)
Andrea Hansen, Julia Watson, Michael Flynn, Shauna Gillies-Smith, Wilson Martin

Course Description

This course seeks to examine the fundamental relationship between landform and the dynamic landscape processes it supports and engenders through in-depth study of the methods in which these processes are understood, conveyed, and graphically communicated. As a continuation of Landscape Representation I and II, the course is centered on leading representational models, both past and present, that position landscape architecture as an expanded field involving science, art, architecture, urban design, and philosophy. To accompany precedent study, the course engages in advanced exploration of digital media, with an emphasis on responsive, performative, and indexical methodologies as well as fluid transitions between documentation and speculation, 2D and 3D, static and dynamic, and digital and analog media.

Course topics are organized thematically and range from mapping ecological systems to illustrating time-based processes, from manipulating and extracting topographical datasets to generating intelligent terrain models, from synthesizing geological, ecological, and hydrological processes to depicting the flows, flux, and ephemera of floral and faunal communities. Through simulation, conjecture, and graphic extraction, these physical and temporal landscape processes will be examined at multiple scales, with particular attention paid to the complexities of large-scale sites.

Weekly lectures and lab exercises will provide the foundation for the group's collective exploration, research, and discussion. Through a series of working labs, students will learn digital and analog techniques for analyzing and expressing landform and process as a means of advancing both technical and conceptual ability. This format aims to establish fluency in conceptual, organizational, and formal expression as well as to provide a point of departure for an in-depth awareness of landscape precedents and representational techniques.


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