This course introduces ecology and plant sciences. Through lectures, exercises and excursions, students will gain a broad vision of the cutting edge topics that are being researched and studied at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH. This will be the base for a future dialog between the field of landscape architecture and the field of sciences.
Students acquire basic knowledge in ecology and plant sciences focusing in its application in the field of landscape architecture. Temporal and physical scale, research methods, units of measurement, lexicon, modes of representation and critical literature form the framework for the joint discourse.
The fundamental course “Ecology and Plant Sciences” is an introduction to the field of living systems, starting with the history of ecology, followed by an introduction to plant systematics, taxonomy and physiology. The course will also introduce students to the specifics of grassland systems and forests. Lastly, the course will focus on the specifics of tree structure and function.
Course material will be provided.
The course material includes a reading list.
Prerequisites / Notice
The fundamental course is organized with the Fundamental Studio I as a joint two-week module. The weekly schedule is provided with the course documents.
Module 4 "Ecology and Plant Sciences", 10.10.–21.10.2022
The course is held in English or German.
Concepts and Theories
Techniques and Technologies
Media and Digital Technologies
Cooperation and Teamwork
Integrity and Work Ethics
Self-awareness and Self-reflection
Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)