Fall 2017

  1. Advanced Design Studio Elective

    These studios, which are required for graduation, are offered by individual instructors to students who have successfully completed the core curriculum. They are assigned by lottery on the first day of classes.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department; course not available via web registration.

    Fee: Some advanced studios have a fee for course supplies or field trips. The fee is announced during the registration lottery held in the department.

  2. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of indepedndent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

  3. Constructed Landscapes Studio

    This core studio stresses middle scale landscape architectural design. A series of studio problems will explore urban public spaces. Students will endeavor to represent contemporary cultural and ecological ideas in land form. There will be an emphasis on constructive strategies, the use of plants in design and methods of representation.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $350.00

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  4. Design Principles

    This course explores design principles central to landscape architecture. Three interrelated aspects of design are pursued: 1) the elements of composition and their formal, spatial, and tectonic manipulation, 2) meanings conveyed by formal choices and transformations and 3) interactions of cultural and ecological forces in the landscape.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  5. History Of Landscape Architecture

    This survey course focuses on the history of landscapes in the pre-industrialized world. Landscapes will be considered as an evolving condition, even when their defining characteristics were conceived and built at a specific point in time. Critical to this course will be the establishment of frameworks for historical inquiry, the refinement of research methodologies, in the development of multiple perspectives through which to question and understand the design environment.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors

    Registration by Landscape Design Department, course not available via web registration.

    Also offered as LAEL-LE44; Register into the course for which credit is desired.

    Open to non-majors pending seat availability for Liberal Arts elective credit.

    NCSS concentrators encouraged.

  6. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  7. Introduction To Climate Change And Natural Hazards

    Landscape architects and designers in other disciplines are taking an increasingly important role in addressing complex questions related to climate change and natural hazards. These questions involve intersecting cultural and scientific issues. This course is designed to equip landscape architects and other designers with an essential foundation in physical and social scientific aspects of climate change so that they may better engage with these questions. Although it is impossible to cover the breadth of necessary topics and issues in a single semester, students will learn to analyze and access the scientific literature so that they can individually extend their education.

    Emphasis will also be placed on essential skills and disciplinary approaches to enable more effective collaboration in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contexts. This includes addressing cultural and disciplinary differences in approaches to scientific concepts such as validity and uncertainty, and examining epistemological aspects of science. This course is an essential primer in climate change and natural hazards for any student who hopes to address these issues in their work or to work in policy based contexts.

    Major elective; Open to LDAR majors only.

    Permission of Instructor required.

  8. Landscape Research, Theory And Design

    This seminar will bridge the foundations of landscape theory, research, and design methods in order to frame a process for students to examine contemporary issues in landscape architecture and define research questions that would contribute to creating new knowledge in the field. The course will include guest lectures from practitioners creating a body of research in the field. This seminar initiates the thesis process by asking students to formulate their own proposals for research through design.

    Graduate major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design department, course not available via web registration.

  9. Plant Materials

    Botanical topics relating to a general understanding of plant growth, classification, and horticultural and arboricultural practices. Course work will include a further understanding of plant communities, plant identifications, and an introduction to planting design.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor.

  10. Professional Internship

    Off-campus professional experience in offices of practicing architects, interior architects, landscape architects, industrial designers or physical planning agencies. Students are required to make all pertinent arrangements with the outside individuals or agencies and to provide the BEB Office with the supervisor's name and sponsor address. Three professional elective credits are available for those who work a minimum of 20 hours per week for the six weeks of Wintersession. A pass/fail grade is assigned once the professional sponsor has written a letter of evaluation.

  11. Representation I

    This course develops the different levels of dexterity and control in the construction of architectural drawing. The pedagogy allows for students to build a basic understanding of orthographic drawing typologies and traditional drawing methods while preparing them for more complex hybridized drawing methods. A parallel segment of the course addresses freehand representation, developing observation and translation tools necessary to design. Through these multiple approaches, drawing is developed as a tool to transform conceptual ideas into tangible form. The class will be taught as a series of lectures that discuss both why and how we draw accompanied by skill building workshops.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design department, course not available via web registration; Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor

  12. T&m II: Site Engineering

    This course is a continuation of Technology & Materials I with emphasis on grading, drainage, construction details and layout. Other topics include surveying, road alignment, and storm water management strategies.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only; Open non majors by permission of the instructor.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design department, course not available via web registration

  13. T&m III:advanced Construction

    This course deals with advanced problems in landscape construction, materials, and site engineering, focusing on best management practices: infiltration basins, bio-swales, rain gardens, retention and detention basins, stream day-lighting, etc. There is a semester long site design development. Each student produces a booklet that explain their site analysis, design concept, grading plan, schematic planting, and river edge remediation.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  14. Technology & Materials I: Materials And Grading

    This course addresses the fundamental characteristics of materials that constitute a landscape: soil, plants, water, wood, concrete, asphalt, etc., and their use in complex assemblies as structures, enclosures and land forms. The last half of the semester will focus on the integration of materials into the landscape primarily through an understanding of topography, contours, and grading.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only; Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design department, course not available via web registration

  15. Theory I

    Landscape is a term that can refer to a specific locale, design, or a collection of ideas. The term usually implies a system of interrelated cultural and natural forces operating within a context of a defined scale or disciplinary boundaries. In this course we examine and discuss the foundational definitions of the term landscape and the theoretical stances that are active in the creation of contemporary landscape architecture, land art and other creative disciplines. Writing assignments will be based upon fundamental texts, direct experience, and contemporary projects. Weekly readings will be discussed and diagrammed in class for content and structure. Students will produce a series of five short (2 to 3 page) analytical essays and case studies. There will be weekly discussion sections with course TAs to review readings, two field assignments, and one field trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston.

    Graduate major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to qualified undergraduates and non-majors by permission of Instructor.

  16. Topics In Representation

    The Hybrid Drawing course develops an understanding of digital modeling and rendering in the first six weeks of the semester and then merges those digital techniques with manual tools of drawing. The digital skills developed through Autodesk 3ds Max Design program will include basic digital modeling concepts, transformation of objects, spline-based modeling, the development of compound objects, and rendering with textures to develop an understanding of light in space. Students will be encouraged to explore innovative new uses for the software and explore combinatory workflows with manual representation methods, enhancing their technical skills while developing creative methodology.

    Through exploratory exercises, students will be given a more advanced and robust understanding of the possibilities of digital representation, building upon the foundations of Representation I and II. The purpose of this seminar is to impart the familiarity with the various media that will allow students to comfortably engage digital modeling in an integral drawing process which integrates manual and digital techniques in design.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $250.00 Elective; LDAR majors only.

    Open to ARCH and INTAR by permission of Instructor.

Wintersession 2018

  1. A Garden As Meditation: Eas Asian Aesthetics And Yin Yang Philosophy In Landscape Architecture

    Meditation, a way for awaking both the sense and mind, has significant influence on our awareness of being in the world. Though it used to be a religious practice in Hinduism and Buddhism, it has been mentioned a lot recently because of our yearning for peaceful state of our life. Landscape architecture, as the dwelling of human being, address the same issue as meditation. Chinese and Japanese gardens, with original focuses on quiet private space, have been taken as the achievement of our poetic dwelling in nature.

    We will take the philosophy of Yin Yang in Chinese culture and other related theory in east Asian aesthetics as the methods for designing a journey of meditation in the form of gardening. With a series of projects (interpretative collage; sequential section and space study and ethereal garden design), students will be guided through the primary landscape design techniques step by step and be able to spatialize conceptual ideas into models.

    Estimated material cost $50.00

  2. Grad Sem:constructed Ground

    This seminar explores the parallels between designing and constructing the ground. It's focus is on landform - analyzing it as part of a larger natural system; understanding its inherent opportunities and limitations; altering it for human use & occupation; and building it with varying construction methodologies.

    The means for this exploration will primarily be through three-dimensional representations with two dimensional contour plans; however, diagrams, sketches, sections, and narratives will be necessary throughout the semester.

    Graduate seminar; LDAR majors only.

    Non-majors by permission of Instructor.

  3. Nothing But Flowers Fabricating New Natures

    This class will explore the complex relationship between people and nature. Through the lens of landscape theory students will explore new ways of portraying and creating cohabitation as well as develop new personal perspectives of what nature looks like in a modern world. Working back and forth between theory and practice students will analyze, explore, and produce new natures using digital fabrication equipment.

    Estimated Material Cost: $175.00

  4. Research Methods For Design

    As the scope and objectives of the design disciplines expand and diversify, the ability to implement effective research methodologies has become increasingly critical to position designers to generate and validate new knowledge. This course will survey research methods relevant to the design disciplines that have emerged from the sciences, the social sciences and the arts with special focus on those utilized by landscape architects. Methods we will examine include case studies, descriptive strategies, classification schemes, interpretive strategies, evaluation and diagnosis, engaged action research, projective design and arts-based practices. Students will work individually and in teams to analyze and compare different research strategies, understand their procedures and sequences, the types of data required, projected outcomes, and value by examining a set of projects of diverse scales. Visiting lecturers will present research based design projects. The goal of the course is to provide students with a framework of research methodologies with which they can begin to build their own research based practices.

    This graduate seminar meets two days a week, three hours each. It is required for all first-year students in Landscape Architecture.

    Open to Graduate Level only.

Spring 2018

  1. Advanced Design Research Studio (Thesis)

    Students will work within a guided research topic to develop a design investigation with defined objectives, methods, and outcomes. As a 9-credit studio, this course will also require that students design and execute a material, representational, or theoretical experiment tied to a design detail within their investigations. In this thesis studio, students will have periodic formal reviews with an advisory panel, and will use feedback from the panel to produce a book that gives a written and graphic presentation of the research context, process, and findings as well as a final assessment of the outcomes.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design department, course not available via web registration.

  2. Ecological Planning & Design

    This course instructs landscape architects and students from other disciplines in collecting, interpreting and mapping landscape site data, both natural and cultural, in order to program and design new uses. Employing diverse projects, from specific sites to municipal and regional contexts, it offers experience in site analysis, mapping, air photo interpretation, planning report preparation, programming for site development, and an introduction to GIS.

    Graduate major requirement for three-year MLA program; LDAR majors only

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor.

    Brown University students are encouraged to participate.

  3. Issues In Landscape History

    This course examines current issues raised by the design of built environments and explores the cultures, conditions, events, attitudes and design works of the past that form the ideological, physical and practical background against which today's landscapes are made, interpreted and valued. Critical to this course will be the establishment of frameworks for historical inquiry, the refinement of research methodologies, and the development of multiple perspectives through which to question and understand the designed environment.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design department, course not available via web registration

  4. Planning & Cultural Geography Seminar

    Through spatial and cultural analysis this course explores the history and meaning of various geographical realities in the Western and non-Western world. A critical examination of urban, suburban and rural land-use patterns; utopian and applied planning practices; models of urban and suburban change; the role of conservation and preservation advocacy and their interface with development, settlement and ecology, allows for an evaluation of new ideas and recent experiments seen against a historical and cultural background.

    Graduate major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors & Brown University students by permission of instructor.

  5. Plants & Design

    This course will explore the use of plants as a design medium while balancing the horticultural considerations. There will be analyses of existing gardens, field trips, and the creation of schematic and detailed planting plans for different types of sites. Topics such as seasonality, texture, color and form will be discussed.

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor.

  6. Principles Of Professional Practice

    Since it's creation over 100 years ago, landscape architecture has expanded beyond horticultural preoccupations to a discipline that engages natural, political and cultural systems to build ecological and social resilience. This professional practice seminar explores contemporary practices of landscape architecture through the exploration of six current trends in practice: operating, researching, engaging, constructing, programming, and sustaining. These topics are explored and discussed through student research initiatives, in-class lectures, readings, case study presentations from a wide range of practitioners, office visits, and site visits. The goal of the course is to expose students to the variety of ways to practice landscape architecture today. Students are encouraged to ask questions, bring their own experiences to class, and be open to new ideas and perspectives.

    Please see 2014 class blog for student content and writing samples: http://principlesofpractice2014.tumblr.com

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  7. Representation II

    The advanced course studies multimedia drawing It explores the possibilities with the material and content of two dimensional expression. The class encourages greater connections with the design studios by testing and reevaluating design work through the lens of phenomenology and seriality. Scale and composition are emphasized in the detailed and constructed drawings that are required in class. Individual investigations are developed throughout this advanced course to encourage a way of making marks that connect with the various modes of exploration in their studio work.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $225.00

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  8. Site/ecology & Design Studio

    What do these words mean and what is their relationship to each other in the architectural design disciplines? Each word is packed with complex and evolving meanings that reflect the state of human knowledge about the environments in which we live and in which we intervene. Each word reflects our understanding of systems, physical, cultural and social, biotic and abiotic, as well as our aspirations to conserve, restore, or reshape those systems. Each word is ubiquitous in the contemporary quest to construct a sustainable, resilient future. But do we really understand what they mean? Are they critically interdependent or can they be considered separately?

    This studio will examine these questions with the twin objectives of establishing an evolving and dynamic understanding of the terms and generating working methods that respond to the complexities of scale encountered in the landscape.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $250.00

    Major requirement; LDAR majors only.

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  9. Topics In Representation II

    This seminar engages the rich dialogue that occurs between digital space and manual space. It will focus on independent lines of investigation exploring drawings that generate and communicate three dimensional experiences that transform over time. We will be using multiple technologies including photography, scanning, collage, photoshop, and sketchup, overlapped with direct actions taken upon the drawing surface. The focus throughout the spring will be the development of a set of drawings that utilizes the many tools of drawing from digital media to hand drawing.

    An essential ingredient in the course involves the Medium. While we will discuss "medium" as it relates to the "message" (MacLuhan), we will also medium within themes of workflow production and the experimentation process, and the conveyance of the artists' intent. Another essential ingredient is Process, (or evidence of a process). This seminar is an opportunity to advance theoretical and experimental expressions of your RISD trajectory. Lastly, Corroboration as a separate theme will highlight the expected mutual reinforcement that takes place between visceral representation and quantitative infographic overlays.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $20 - $100

    Major elective; Open to ARCH and LDAR majors.

    Open to non-majors by permission of instructor.

  10. Urban Systems Studio

    This final core studio stresses large-scale and planning issues, complex sites, and urban conditions. The city is a living organism which evolves in a particular locale with a particular form due to a combination of environmental and cultural factors. These factors, the forces they represent and the material results of their interaction form, in their interrelated state, what can be called "urban systems." The many forces at play within cities-social, cultural, economic, ideological, ecological, infra structural, morphological and visual-combine in various ways to created both an identifiable urban realm and the many sub zones within this. Yet, none of these factors is static and unchanging; and, as a result, urban systems, urban dynamics, and urban identity are likewise in a continuous state of flux. This studio will explore these systems and the complex issues at play in our urban areas and the potential for positive change.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $210.00

    Major requirement; LDAR majors onl.y

    Registration by Landscape Architecture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

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