GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013

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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 518
Wednesday 2:30 - 5:30   Gund 518

Peter Del Tredici, Erle Ellis

Course Description

Fall term, four units, open to MLA students taking the third LA core-studio.

Mondays: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM. Lectures
Wednesdays: 2:30-5:30 PM. Lectures or field trips
One required all-day field trip (Friday Oct 4)

Note: The first half of the course meets on Wednesdays only; the second half meets on both Mondays and Wednesdays

Course Description. As part of the core sequence, this course introduces the science of ecology through the lenses of local sites, urban regions, and broad landscapes. Key themes during the course will cover 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 dynamic interaction plants and animals found in both managed and unmanaged ecosystems will receive special emphasis.

Pedagogic Goals. The overarching goal of this course is for students to develop a solid understanding of the basic principles of ecology, especially those that are directly relevant to the practice of landscape architecture. Emphasis is placed on direct observation, analysis and application of the ecological principles at different spatial scales in all types of habitats. There will also be a focus on recognizing distinct spatial, functional and change patterns at the landscape scale.

Basis of grades. 40% four short exercises; 40% final exams (2 parts); 20% attendance, participation, and other evidence of learning.

Courseware site (Canvas)

06451: Research Seminar on Urban Ecology (SCI 0645100)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30   40 Kirkland 1C

Peter Del Tredici

Course Description

This 4-credit course is limited to 15 students who have completed the Ecologies, Techniques and Technologies sequence in the Landscape Architecture program (or its equivalent).The course meets once per week for three hours and will focus on the structure, function and history of the spontaneous urban ecosystems. These so-called emergent or novel ecosystems are a common feature of cities worldwide and they form without being planted or maintained by humans. They are cosmopolitan in their composition and resilient in terms of their ability to tolerate chronic environmental stress and disturbance. Parallel to the worldwide increase in urbanization, there has been an increased recognition of the important ecological services that spontaneous ecosystems provide in terms of the improvement of air and water quality, the mitigation of soil contamination and the promotion of biological diversity. In the context of shrinking park maintenance budges in many American cities, there is an opportunity for landscape architects to think creatively about how to manipulate spontaneous landscapes so as to increase their ecological, aesthetic and recreational functionality. The course will utilize the 24-acre Bussey Brook Meadow section of the Arnold Arboretum, adjacent to the Forest Hills subway station, as a “research studio” site. Working in teams of two, students are expected to investigate a specific topic relating to the biology, hydrology, sociology or history of the site.

Students admitted to this course will be expected to keep up with weekly readings and participate fully in class discussions. The first six weeks of the course will consist of lectures on various aspects of urban ecology and by student-led discussions of selected readings. Project reviews will take place during class beginning in the middle of the semester, with final project presentations during final-exam week. Grades will be based on two writing assignments and the final research project.

Courseware site (Canvas)

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