Landscape Representation I

This course introduces students to the history, techniques, and conventions of representation used in the field of landscape architecture. 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 primary objective of the course is the cultivation of a drawing practice that facilitates critical thinking, the testing of design ideas, and effective communication. The course begins with a five-day, pre-semester workshop that introduces students to orthographic projection through a reading of precedent drawings. Students work with a range of two- and three-dimensional drawing and representation types, including orthographic (plan, section, elevation), axonometric, and perspective projections, sketching, and model making. Emphasis is placed on concurrent and iterative development of analog and digital representation techniques; analog media include graphite, ink, and mixed media, and digital software include AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign). Classes consist of lectures, assignment tutorials, and pin-ups. Topics and assignments for GSD2141 are closely integrated with GSD111: Landscape Architecture I Design Studio and are designed to provide strategies and tools for approaching studio work. Evaluation will be based on class participation and a series of weekly exercises; grades will reflect growth made throughout the semester. There are no pre-requisites.