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La 261 - Principles of Landscape Architectural Design and Graphics
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Principles of Landscape Architectural Design and Graphics Fall 2006 LA261 4 credits SYLLABUS Prof James LaGro Jr Ph D M L A Department of Urban and Regional Planning 110 Music Hall Bascom Mall next to the Law School 263 6507 jalagro wisc edu Office hours 10 30 12 30 pm Mondays and by appointment set up by email Jay Leasa Teaching Assistant leasa wisc edu Office hours TBA Course Time Room Lecture 12 05 Wednesday 150 Russell Lab Studio 1 20 4 15 Wednesday Friday 25 Agriculture Hall Course Overview Knowledge skills and values are important in this course Throughout the semester we will focus on sustainable and context sensitive approaches to site planning and design The site planning process site planning and design theory and graphic communication are the major themes of this course The site planning and design process is a tightly linked sequence of problem solving activities The site inventory and analysis phases for example identify and document project constraints and opportunities on the site and within the area surrounding the site A critical part of the site planning process is to understand each project s major design determinants Design theory is a set of normative principles that guides site planning and design decisions This knowledge base continues to evolve in part from analyses of historic and contemporary built environments e g precedent studies and from research in urban planning urban horticulture applied ecology environmental engineering and other allied fields Graphic communication is a vital component of each phase of the design process This course will help you develop and further refine your graphic communication skills Learning Goals The paradox of learning a really new competence is this that a student cannot at first understand what he needs to learn can learn it only by educating himself and can educate himself only by beginning to do what he does not yet understand Source p 93 Donald Schon Educating the Reflective Practitioner 1987 The reading lectures and projects in this course are chosen to help you gain proficiency in analyzing site opportunities and constraints for different project programs applying design theory i e principles to the solution of land planning and site design challenges utilizing precedents to inform land planning and design decisions that create sites neighborhoods and communities that are pedestrian friendly environmentally sustainable and express a strong sense of place conveying graphically orally and in writing essential information about a site its context and its potential uses Critiques Desk critiques provide opportunities for individual consultation The amount of help you receive in desk critiques depends heavily on your willingness to ask for help Desk critiques and preliminary critiques allow you to explore alternative design solutions and yet still have time to revise your work before the project s final deadline It is very important therefore that you graphically communicate your ideas in a clear and organized way Most of the studio projects will include at least one class preliminary or final class critique Grading Grades in this course will be based on one exam several studio projects and weekly class participation Exam Projects Studio participation 15 75 10 100 Attendance and Late Policy Attendance at every critique preliminary and final is mandatory Failure to present your work at a critique will result in a deduction of up to 10 of your final course grade Assignments turned in late will be penalized for each day they are late Sickness and other legitimate reasons for missing a critique or submitting a late assignment will of course be honored Please let me know in advance about an expected absence Required Reading This course has two required texts and one required reading compendium Bertauski Tony 2006 Plan Graphics for the Landscape Designer 2nd ed Upper Saddle River NJ Prentice Hall 231 pp 34 80 new Reid Grant 1993 From Concept to Form in Landscape Design New York Van Nostrand Reinhold 162 pp 32 97 new LA261 Reader 2006 A compendium of selected articles and book chapters Both books are available at the University Book Store the Underground Textbook Exchange and online e g Amazon com The LA261 Reader is available at the Law School Copy Center 2nd floor on Bascom Mall Reading assignments should be completed before the Wednesday lecture of the week they are assigned The exam will draw from the lectures and the assigned reading Other Resources Landscape Architecture Planning Progressive Architecture and several other professional magazines and journals are available in the campus Libraries primarily Steenbock The American Society of Landscape Architects www asla org the American Institute of Architects www aia org and the American Planning Association www planning org also have extensive web sites with interesting articles and information about jobs and conferences LECTURE READING SCHEDULE Week Date 1 9 6 Lecture Topic Course Overview Reading Assignments 2 9 13 Site Planning Process LaGro 3 16 Lawson 112 126 Reid ix 1 11 Bertauski 1 15 3 9 20 Smart Growth Urban Design New Urbanism Barnett 17 47 Bertauski 46 71 4 9 27 Spatial Organization Articulation Reid 82 94 103 107 115 126 Booth 127 152 Bertauski 72 121 5 10 4 Shaping Outdoor Space Reid 12 81 Bacon 15 18 Jacobs 270 292 Bertauski 122 149 6 10 11 Site Grading Utilities Sustainable Stormwater Management Russ 211 241 Strom et al 11 44 57 85 7 10 18 Vehicle Circulation Parking Russ pp 157 209 Bertauski 150 203 8 10 25 Pedestrian Bicycle Circulation Nelessen 153 166 Russ pp 91 102 151 155 Bertauski 204 230 9 11 1 Planting Design Mayer 103 106 Hannebaum 144 168 Booth 71 83 EPA 6 pp 10 11 8 Site Selection LaGro handout 11 11 15 EXAM comprehensive 12 11 22 Final Project in studio 13 11 29 Final Project in studio 14 12 6 Guest Lecture 15 12 13 Jury Week REFERENCES Bacon Edmund 1974 Design of Cities New York Penguin Books Barnett Jonathan 2003 Redesigning Cities Principles Practice Implementation Chicago Planners Press Bertauski Tony 2003 Plan Graphics for the Landscape Designer Upper Saddle River NJ Prentice Hall Booth Norman 1983 Basic Elements of Landscape Architectural Design Prospect Heights Illinois Waveland Press Environmental Protection Agency 1999 Landscaping With Native Plants Chicago Hannebaum Leroy 1998 Landscape Design A Practical Approach Upper Saddle River NJ Prentice Hall Jacobs Allan 1993 Great Streets Cambridge The MIT Press LaGro James A Jr 2001 Site


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