Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies IV

This lecture/workshop class addresses the relationships between landscape design conceptualization, material properties and technologies of making. The class introduces the practices of design development and construction documentation. These practices enable students to “work out” the materiality and making of their conceptual landscape speculations and document them for construction.

Weekly Course Format:

  1. Class lecture addressing a syllabus topic.
  2. Detail design workshop practice based on class topic.
  3. Case study analysis and discussion


  1. Using the diagnostic section and isometric as instruments of analysis, and design development.
  2. Learning from examples of the existing made landscape using reverse engineering.
  3. The nature of materials and means of construction.
  4. Weathering and durability and the meaning of landscapes.
  5. Construction documentation and specification.

Course Objectives and Outcomes
Each student will:

  1. Understand practices of design development and detail design and how these practices shape the meaning of a landscape.
  2. Be able to develop a schematic concept into a constructed material proposal in their studio work and later in professional practice.
  3. Understand and practice how a developed design proposal is documented for construction.

Method of Evaluation

  1. Weekly class participation in discussion groups.
  2. Successful completion of workshop assignments.
  3. Successful completion of the final project assignment.

Required course for MLA 1 – 4 & MLA 1 – AP


This course will be taught online through Friday, February 4th.