Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies III: Ecology and the Design World

Required for both MLA 1 and MLA AP students taking the third LA core-studio.

Ecological Principles for Design (Steven Handel): 

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Evaluation: Two hour-long exams, short essays on species niche requirements, field trip reports, participation in discussions, and ecological ideas for your studio project work. Local field trips will give us experiences in ecological structure and analysis of habitats.


An Introduction to Woody Plants as a Design Medium (Chris Matthews): 

Recognizing that plants are one of the essential mediums of landscape architecture, this module seeks to introduce the student to the relationships between plants and people (horticulture) and the relationships between plants and the environment (ecology). The class focuses on the following topics and objectives:

– Concepts and practices necessary for using woody plants as a design medium.

– An introduction to the spatial, visual, functional, temporal, and sensorial qualities of woody plants in the landscape.

– An introduction to the horticultural requirements of woody plants particularly as it relates to the urban environment.

– Techniques and practices for using woody plants in the designed landscape.

On Tuesdays, this course will take place in Gund 111 from 8:30 to 10:00 am. The course will move into three different sections from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

The additional Wednesday session taught by Chris Matthews is taken only by MLA AP students.