GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013
This term's information was last refreshed on 12 MAY 2015 14:55:09.
Courses taught by Jane Hutton
01111: Landscape Architecture I: First Semester Core Studio (STU 0111100)
Core Studio - 8 credits
Monday Wednesday Friday 2:00 - 6:00
This studio course problematizes issues of orientation and experience, scale and pattern, topographic form, canopy and climatic influences, and varied ecological process that help define urban public space. As the first of a four-term sequence of design studios, the course helps students develop spatial literacy, critical design thinking, and proficiency in diverse modes of representation in landscape architecture. The first studio exercises investigate a set of typological models rooted in historical and contemporary precedents. These undergo sequential transformations aimed at devising hybrid solutions to common conceptual design problems: conditions of stasis, movement, and change over time. Later in the semester, these studies are examined through a specific site program on an urban waterfront site. Two workshops are planned: a one-week engagement of specialized analogue techniques of surface description, and a second week-long focus on conceptualizing coastal vegetative palettes. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the design studio as a performative venue for conceiving, interrogating, and elaborating concrete ideas about the role of the biophysical landscape in urbanization and urban life.
07241: Practices of Landscape Architecture (PRO 0724100)
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday 8:30 - 11:30 Gund - Piper
This course examines the profession of landscape architecture by looking at the historical and contemporary frameworks for practice, the documentation and delivery of projects, and the legal and financial contexts in which it operates. Contemporary landscape architects and associated design professionals practice in a challenging economic climate, working in increasingly complex collaborations, using new mechanisms for project delivery, and under evolving legislative parameters. The specific disciplinary concerns of landscape architecture - including the integration of biophysical, political, and cultural systems, often in the public realm and over time - are uniquely positioned to engage these challenges. This course will interrogate the translation between the discipline of landscape architecture and its professional practice. The first of three parts looks at the emergence of the profession and its core elements to situate the structures and frameworks of contemporary practice. Invited landscape architects will represent a range of practices in terms of scale, project types, and forms of collaboration. The second part focuses on project delivery and construction documentation through case studies of built projects. Through a close reading and re-working of construction drawings and specifications, students examine the relationship between design intent, documentation, and construction. The third part introduces students to the legal, financial, and strategic frameworks of the profession. This involves the study of legal aspects such as contracts and environmental legislation, financial management, and finally strategies for communication and marketing. GSD Professional Practice faculty lead each of the three parts through lectures, readings, and discussion. Each part will be punctuated with a student-led forum in which group research presentations engage the subjects recently covered. Evaluation will be based on participation, reading responses, assignments, and a group research project. There are no pre-requisites.