Environmental Design

Environmental Design

Humans construct the environment in many ways – intentionally, subconsciously, and accidentally – and these choices have global impacts. As our agency increases, so does our responsibility to confront crises like climate change and social inequality through the (re)design of human systems. This FIG will introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of landscape architecture. Following a sequence of fundamental tracks (design, art, food production, technology, fabrication, plants, and ecology), students will participate in discussions, workshops, site visits, and guest lectures to understand the complex and fascinating nature of this profession. We will study graphic communication as the critical language of design, and students will learn to see, think, and speak through drawings and images. No drawing experience required!

Deep-Dive FIG: Please note this FIG contains an intermediate course at the 300-level. This course has been vetted by First Year Programs to ensure first-term students can achieve success. The instructor will be available to assist students along the way.

Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:

UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit

LA 260 Understanding Landscapes - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course presents a richly illustrated overview of the relationships between human cultures and their gardens and other designed landscapes. Students study a broad range of gardens, parks and memorials, as well as a few civic landscapes. These places exemplify both the distinctive characteristics of many world cultures and themes found in the creation of special multi-cultural landscapes. Gardens are studied as metaphors for the human cultural ideas they seek to express and nurture. Students learn about the structure and pattern of designed landscapes, the history of environmental policies and values that affect them, and the ways that landscape designs are understood and described.

LA 337 Design for a Sustainable World - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Direct examination and appraisal of the function, form, content, and composition of example landscapes in relation to ecological, cultural, legal, technical, aesthetic, and economic objectives