LA 4621L Design VIII: Landscape Architecture Capstone Laboratory (SPR19 | Section 01)
With over 80 percent of the US population living in urban areas, “cities” have become human’s new natural habitat. In the face of a rapidly changing climate and increasing population, the question is no longer whether or not to build, but rather, how to build—and in the case of most major US cities, such as Los Angeles—how to re-build. This section will provide a platform for investigating how to answer this question now and in the coming decades. Particular focus will be on the role designers can play in merging the binary perspective of “built” and “natural”, and on exploring how the integrated concept of “urban ecology” can fundamentally restructure human’s perception and experience of the world around us and the impact we have on it. Through course readings, lectures, site visits, and assignments students will gain a better understanding of the complex environmental, socio-political, economic, and aesthetic forces at play in urban areas, and practice integrating these systems into design solutions that can address real-world challenges in Los Angeles.
Capstone landscape architecture studio focused on a singular, topic-driven project that connects theoretical and practical landscape architecture methods to address the complex social, urban, environmental, economic, aesthetic and political/regulatory fabric encountered in cities. Projects will demonstrate mastery of landscape architecture project development from initial concept and analysis through detailed design development, documentation and presentation. Specific project topics will be announced by the department each semester. Requires field trips.
Prerequisite(s): C or better in LA 4111L or LA 4811L ; or C or better in LA 303, LA 303L, LA 333, LA 333L, LA 342, and LA 342L.
Grading Basis: Graded Only
Repeat for Credit: May be taken only once
Note(s): BSLA students must earn a C (2.0) or better in LA 4621L to graduate.