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.