GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2012

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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 109
Wednesday 2:30 - 5:30   Gund 109

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

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 and field observations, as well as the practical application of these principles to real world problems. Understanding how spatial patterns are linked to functional flows and movements is critically important to ecological studies, as is the study of how ecosystems change over time. The ecology of plants and animals found in both urban and natural ecosystems receive special emphasis and field studies highlight ecological as well as horticultural perspectives.

 
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 in the practice of 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)
 


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

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30   Gund 518

Instructor(s)
Peter Del Tredici

Course Description

This lecture course will focus on the nature of the interaction between plants and the environments in which they grow. It will cover both the native and non-native plants which grow in forested, designed and unmanaged urban landscapes. Each class will be divided into two parts: a lecture and a "laboratory session" featuring plant samples collected from the Arnold Arboretum. The lectures will cover a wide variety of topics, including:

In 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 resources (i.e. sustainable). The following plant life forms will be covered:


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