LA 5771 Landscape Awareness and Assessment
Developing an awareness of landscape, the patterns that are visible as well as those that are invisible, the processes which shape these patterns, and their change over time, is a fundamental component of training to be a landscape architect. The way our landscapes are formed, how they flow and move, and what life and processes they support affect our everyday lives and health now and into the future. We routinely are tasked with being “Landscape Detectives,” uncovering the ecological and social forces that shape our landscape, in order to develop effective and lasting responses to local conditions. This course introduces you to the basic tools and techniques for reading the landscape and its processes.
Using Los Angeles, Pomona, and the greater California landscape as our laboratory, we will explore the urban, suburban, and rural landscapes with the goal of understanding and communicating landscape forms and systems. This exploration will include opportunities to study geomorphology, hydrology, plant communities, urban form, and the way people use and move through places. In addition, we will explore our own landscape biases, the ideals we hold onto from memory and experience that affect the way we understand, read, and value landscapes.
Establishing awareness and skills related to reading and interpreting the landscape around us: what is under, on and above the ground, and its implications for design. Introduction to and evaluation of methods of landscape documentation, inventory, analysis, and assessment tools and their connection to the design process. A series of field trips are required to provide opportunities to critically assess the California landscape as a product of human intervention, cultural expression and natural systems and resilience.
Grading Basis: Graded Only
Repeat for Credit: May be taken only once