Landscape Representation I

This course introduces students to the history, techniques, and conventions of representation used in the field of landscape architecture. The primary objective is the cultivation of a drawing practice that facilitates critical thinking, the testing of design ideas, and effective communication. Rather than a static description of a set design agenda, landscape representation is an active means for understanding and building complexity in design work. The course begins with the reading of precedent drawings and models from the history of landscape architecture. The course emphasizes the performative aspect of landscape design, and introduces students to a range of representational strategies and modes as appropriate to beginning design. Using a range of two- and three-dimensional media, both analog and digital, members of the course will work with orthographic projection, plan, section, elevation, models, and three-dimensional drawings of mixed media. Classes will consist of lectures, technical workshops, and desk-crits. A range of techniques will be explored including sketching, orthographic projection, diagramming, and modeling across a range of media including digital software such as AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign). The topics and assignments of GSD2141 are closely integrated with studio projects in GSD111: Landscape Architecture Design Studio. Lectures and assignments are designed to provide tools and context for approaching studio work. Evaluation will be based on class participation and a series of drawing exercises; grades will reflect growth made throughout the semester. There are no pre-requisites.