GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2014

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Courses taught by Sonja Duempelmann

04142: Histories of Landscape Architecture II: Design, Representation, and Use (HIS 0414200)

Landscape Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00   Gund - Piper

Instructor(s)
Sonja Duempelmann

Course Description

This course introduces students to relevant topics, themes, and sites that help us understand the conception, production, evolution, and reception of designed and found landscapes throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It aims at building an understanding of landscapes as both physical spaces and as cultural media that sit at the nexus between art and science and that contribute knowledge about humankind’s relationship with non-human nature. Landscapes are the result of social, political, artistic and intellectual endeavors. The topography, soil and climate of a site also condition their designs, use and habitation. As much as designed and found landscapes are a product of their time, they have also contributed to shaping history, both through their physical materiality and through the mental worlds they enable. Embedding found and designed landscapes into their social, political and cultural contexts, the course also pays close attention to the role of expert knowledge and the professions that have contributed to creating them. Using a variety of sources including texts, illustrations, and film the course offers insights into the development and transfer of ideas between different cultures, countries and geographical regions, and time periods. Course readings that will accompany every lecture will be made available on iSite. Student assignments for this class will include reading response papers and one final paper.


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04445: Tree Stories: Seeing the wood for the trees and the trees for the wood (HIS 0444500)

Landscape Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 2:00 - 5:00   42 Kirkland 1A

Instructor(s)
Sonja Duempelmann

Course Description

Discussions about the urban forest and tree canopy, carbon sequestration, sustainability, and tree adoption programs are becoming more prevalent by the day. In this seminar we will explore the evolution of this green heritage in our designed landscapes. The course explores the use and meaning of trees in designed rural and urban landscapes throughout the ages. It deals with the tree landscapes of a variety of scales, and explores the different meanings and functions that these landscapes and their designs have embodied at different moments of time. From a single tree, to tree rows, clumps, grids, quincunx, groves, woods, and forests, trees have been dominant features in our designed landscapes for millennia. Trees have been planted and uprooted to stake out territory and create place, and they have been used to forge and obscure identities. They have provided sustenance and essential building and design materials. They have been the origin and subject of myths and legends, and of war and peace. They have inspired architects, designers, gardeners, scientists, artists, and musicians, and they are what many designed landscapes are made of. In lectures and seminar discussions, the course will explore the role of trees in landscape and environmental history. Students will work on a “tree story” in the form of an essay, research paper, or creative project, and will present their work in class.


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09201: Independent Study by Candidates for Masters Degrees (ADV 0920100)

Architecture
Independent Study - 4 credits

Instructor(s)
Beth Altringer, Neil Brenner, Joan Busquets, Felipe Correa, Diane Davis, Peter Del Tredici, Sonja Duempelmann, Ed Eigen, K. Michael Hays, Michael Hooper, Jane Hutton, Niall Kirkwood, Joyce Klein-Rosenthal, Sanford Kwinter, Kiel Moe, Richard Peiser, Robert Pietrusko, Peter Rowe, David Sanderson, Jorge Silvetti, James Stockard, Maryann Thompson, Bing Wang, Matthew Wilson, Cameron Wu, Ann Forsyth, Rahul Mehrotra

Course Description

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 their advisor and of the faculty member sponsoring the study.


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