GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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Courses taught by Julia Watson

01211: Landscape Architecture III: Third Semester Core Studio (STU 0121100)

Landscape Architecture
Core Studio - 8 credits
Tuesday Thursday 12:30 - 6:00  

Instructor(s)
Pierre Bélanger, Niall Kirkwood, Kelly Shannon, Julia Watson

Course Description

Addressing the inertia of urban planning and the overexertion of civil engineering in the 20th century, this course focuses on the design of large, complex, contaminated brownfield sites with a regional, ecological and infrastructural outlook. Employing the agency of regional ecology and landscape infrastructure as the dominant drivers of design, the studio involves the development of biodynamic and biophysical systems that provide flexible yet directive patterns for future urbanization. Through a series of contemporary mapping methods, field measures, case studies, readings and design investigations, the course results in a series of collaborative exercises leading to a large scale design project and future scenarios. Drawing from canonical case studies on regional reclamation strategies from across the world, the studio is further enhanced by a robust, regional representation program. Focusing on the metrics of geospatial representation and remote sensing, two intensive workshops throughout the term of the studio didactically deal with the interrelated subjects of regional cartography and site topography as operative and telescopic instruments of design across scales. Contributing to a complex, multi-layered profiling of the site as 'system' and the reformulation of program as 'process', the studio establishes a base platform for engaging an array of complex issues related to site contamination, biophysical systems, regional ecology, land cover, urban infrastructure and economic geography. Precluding conventional forms of urban development such as housing or retail development, the penultimate objective of the course is to explore and articulate the potential effectiveness of broader and longer range strategies where biophysical systems prefigure as the denominator for re-envisioning public infrastructures and regional urban economies in the future.


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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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