Landscape Architecture (LARC)
The objectives of this course are to promote an awareness of the diversity of graphic expression and to encourage experimentation. Students are given the opportunity to practice drawing and graphic communication skills and techniques through studio exercises.
Introduction, investigation and fundamental exercises in landscape design and construction documentation, and construction administration for landscape construction projects.
A one- or two-week field study block course at the start of winter term or during mid-term break, co-requisite with winter term studios.
The focus is on critical review of the literature, the formulation of research methods appropriate to securing, analyzing, and interpreting of research in Landscape Architecture, and the examination of approaches to design as a mode of enquiry and research.
An introductory study of structure and order within nature and the built environment. Instruction in the principles of design, the basic elements of graphic and spatial composition, and the vocabulary and methods of approach to landscape architectural design within a variety of contexts. The course may include an obligatory pre-term drawing workshop and a field studies trip; location and cost to be determined on a yearly basis.
An assignment and conference course. A detailed study of some special topics in landscape architecture, including environmental sustainability, urban landscape technology, and housing form.
Field study of plant taxonomy and ecology. Approximately two weeks duration immediately prior to the beginning of fall term. For Landscape Architecture students or with consent of department head.
An exploration of analytical, conceptual, and developmental aspects of urban public places in an experimental studio setting. An emphasis is placed on design as mediation between competing demands. The studio incorporates the application of three-dimensional simulation technologies in design.
Investigation of the theoretical foundations of landscape architecture in order to understand the complex nature of its practice, to identify its disciplinary boundaries, understand its multidisciplinary nature and to investigate assumptions and myths that permeate its limited discourse.
A cross-cultural overview of significant discourses with an emphasis on the influence of critical design inquiry upon specific landscape interventions.
An examination of the means by which ideas are expressed in and through design with a focus on modes of communication, representation and engagement.
The study of design application of highly complex problem domains of the urban, suburban, town site, or rural landscape.
Comprehensive design studio involving transition between larger scale planning/design proposals for an urban/regional area and site design; includes principles of spatial modeling.
A critical examination of an individual topical study of relevance to contemporary landscape architecture. This course will lead to the completion of a practicum of thesis proposal. Course graded pass/fail.