The proseminar introduces MLA II students to a range of theories and methods in landscape architecture and their implications for practice and research. The focus is on developing a critical perspective that comes from a deeper understanding of landscape architecture theory, methods, and speculation. The proseminar provides a foundation for further course and studio work at the GSD and upon completion of the seminar participants will have articulated a specific research question to pursue in the coming semesters.
Classes will typically consist of a presentation by landscape architecture faculty followed by a discussion of assigned readings and a tutorial on a specific skill, resource, or research question. Each student will develop and present their own research interests within the context of the topics discussed in the seminar. Evaluation will be based on weekly response papers, participation in class sessions, a seminar presentation, and final research paper.
Participation in the seminar is limited to MLA II students.