GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2013
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Courses taught by Mark Laird
04142: Histories of Landscape Architecture II: Design, Representation and Management, 1600-1900 (HIS 0414200)
Lecture - 4 credits
Friday 8:30 - 11:30 Gund 109
GSD 4142 is a lecture course, meeting once weekly for three hours with a discussion section. It covers the formal/cultural history and theoretical underpinnings of gardens and public landscapes from the Baroque to City Beautiful. Beginning in early modern Europe, the course moves from the Italian villa and palazzo to French royal landscapes and English rural estates, to nineteenth-century urban parks in Britain and North America. This private/public evolution involves shifts within amateur and professional “landscape gardening” towards the consolidation of professional landscape architecture by 1900. The multi-disciplinary origins of modern landscape architecture -- crossing borders with architecture and urban planning -- are examined in a variety of contexts that include:
- The question of style within politics and culture and in relationship to science, technique and piety
- The social reception of gardens, the networks of collecting, and the visual culture of natural history
- The rise of technology, social reform, and ecological concerns during industrialization and urbanization
- The emergence of ideologies of nature, from the Picturesque to the “Wild Garden” and “Prairie Style”
- The development of historicism, landscape preservation, and National Parks as land conservation
- The roots of professional practice, and the emergent role of women in the landscape profession
Landscape design is analyzed through the methodologies of art history, geography, social and urban history, horticulture and ecology, and studies in land-management. Adjunct to his design practice, Professor Laird’s involvement in multi-disciplinary books (from Empire’s Nature, 1998, to Mrs. Delany and her Circle, 2009, to Gardens in the Age of Empire: 1800-1920, forthcoming) makes his lectures rewarding for students from varied backgrounds. Evaluation is by two assignments and two exams.
09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Masters Degrees (ADV 0920100)
Independent Study - 4 credits
Martin Bechthold, Jana Cephas, Mark Mulligan, Robert Pietrusko, Leire Asensio Villoria, Pierre Bélanger, Silvia Benedito, Eve Blau, Neil Brenner, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Diane Davis, Peter Del Tredici, Jill Desimini, Sonja Duempelmann, Ann Forsyth, Chuck Hoberman, Michael Hooper, Eric Howeler, Christopher Hoxie, Florian Idenburg, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Remment Koolhaas, Mark Laird, Christopher Lee, Jonathan Levi, Rahul Mehrotra, Kiel Moe, Ciro Najle, Erkin Ozay, Richard Peiser, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Deidre Schmidt, Jorge Silvetti, James Stockard, Bing Wang, Jay Wickersham, Krzysztof Wodiczko, K. Michael Hays, Rachel Vroman
Students may take a maximum of 8 credit units with different instructors in this course series.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Candidates may arrange individual work focusing on subjects or issues that are of interest to them but are not available through regularly offered course work. Students must submit an independent study petition and secure approval of the faculty member sponsoring the study.