Environmental Design

Environmental Design

This FIG will explore the ways that humans construct the environment, and the role of design in addressing global crises like climate change and social inequality.

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*:

*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change

LA 199 College Connections - FIG 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