063-0702-01L  Cartographies of Living Systems: A Critical Approach

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersT. Galí-Izard
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
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063-0702-00 GCartographies of Living Systems: A Critical Approach
No course on 25.3. (seminar week), on 8.4. (Easter Holidays), on public holidays as well as in the last two weeks before semester end (final critiques, s. room reservations!)
2 hrs
Thu07:45-09:30HCI G 3 »
T. Galí-Izard

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AbstractThis 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.
ObjectiveIn 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.
ContentIn 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.
Lecture notesCourse material will be provided.
LiteratureThe course material includes a reading list.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersT. Galí-Izard
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Admission requirementThis core course (ends with «00L») can only be passed once! Please check this before signing up.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe 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.

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Architecture MasterField of Landscape Architecture and Urban StudiesWInformation