This course will be an introduction to essential aspects of designing with living systems. The lectures will cover a curated list of constructed landscapes that embody a high level of complexity in their composition, systems, and evolution.
In class and through additional drawing exercises, the students will explore the components of the sites in great detail: their plant communities, infrastructure, management regimes, climatic and geologic contexts, and the larger systems and territories in which they are embedded.
Through this course architecture students will be introduced to meaningful landscape projects, and will learn a methodology for understanding the field of landscape architecture and its potential in relationship to the dynamic performance of living things. Through this knowledge, they will be able to work with landscape architects as collaborators and colleagues.
In the lectures, the students will learn about a selection of significant built landscapes that span a range of sizes, ages, and places of origin. The projects will be taught through an analytical framework that prioritizes key landscape elements that are often overlooked in traditional representations of projects. The students will contribute to the course by translating this complexity through a drawing exercise. Altogether, the work of the studio will be a critical and comparative study of significant landscape architecture projects, past and present.
Course material will be provided.
The course material includes a reading list.
Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
This core course (ends with «00L») can only be passed once! Please check this before signing up.
Additional information on mode of examination
The performance assessment is carried out on the basis of exercises during the semester (approx. 40 working hours). All exercises must be processed independently and submitted on time (analog and digital). The overall grade is made up of the average of the exercises assessed.