GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2013
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Courses taught by Kelly Doran
01211: Landscape Architecture III: Third Semester Core Studio (STU 0121100)
Core Studio - 8 credits
Tuesday Thursday 12:30 - 6:00
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.
02141: Landscape Representation I (VIS 0214100)
Lecture Workshop - 4 credits
Tuesday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 Gund 124
This course introduces students to the history, techniques, and conventions of representation used in the field of landscape architecture. Rather than a static description of a set design agenda, landscape representation is an active means for understanding and building complexity in design work. The primary objective of the course is the cultivation of a drawing practice that facilitates critical thinking, the testing of design ideas, and effective communication. The course begins with a five-day pre-semester workshop that introduces students to orthographic projection through a reading of precedent drawings. Students work with a range of two- and three-dimensional drawing and representation types, including orthographic, axonometric, and perspective projections, sketching, and model making. Emphasis is placed on concurrent and iterative development of analog and digital representation techniques; analog media include graphite, ink, and mixed media; and digital software includes AutoCAD, Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign) and Rhino. Classes consist of lectures, assignment tutorials, and pin-ups.
Topics and assignments for GSD 2141 are closely integrated with GSD 1111: Landscape Architecture I Design Studio and are designed to provide strategies and tools for approaching studio work. Evaluation will be based on class participation and a series of weekly exercises; grades will reflect growth made throughout the semester. There are no prerequisites.