Course Summary

Landscape architecture has a long tradition of working on an extensive range of scales, often collaborating with a broad range of disciplines (e.g., architects, engineers, geographers, landscape architects, planners, and scientists), community members, and organizations. The challenge is to focus on and respond to the juxtaposition, type, patterns, quality, and impacts of societal issues, land uses, and resource consumption. To create sustainable and resilient regions requires both science and art, or in other words, it blends technical and analytical elements with values, needs, priorities, and aesthetics across a wide range of community members. To design at a regional scale requires advanced techniques for inventory, analysis, and design to help in understanding complex trends, policy and impacts, hazard mitigation, design intervention suitability, design guidelines, and system interactions.

We will apply these concepts during the semester studio by engaging in a community-based project – to understand existing pollinator habitat locations and quality. Additionally, we will identify land use patterns, trends, and socioeconomic and cultural barriers to implementing habitat projects. Finally, we will create a suitability analysis to help guide and define your design best management practices, design guidelines, and policies to support healthy pollinator habitat.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course students should be able to perform the following:

  1. Describe the significance and complexity of a regional landscape and how it serves
    as context for a smaller study area (e.g., the relationship of place to its natural and
    cultural surroundings);
  2. Understand, respect, and empathize with project clients and reconcile client needs
    with the creative potentials of a region;
  3. Analyze and describe natural and cultural processes in a regional study area,
    especially the forces shaping and transforming the region over time;
  4. Discover, describe, and analyze forms, patterns, and materials existing in a region;
    evaluate their potential for use as land use determinants or design inspiration;
  5. Evaluate issues of scale (e.g., ecological, cultural, measurement, visual, experiential,
    clients, and users) and potential implications for landscape planning and regional
    design decisions and on the selection of tools and techniques;
  6. Evaluate and apply tools and techniques that are appropriate for development and
    communication of regional design decisions (e.g., research, interviews, literature
    review, inventory, interpretation, suitability analysis, GIS spatial analysis,
    preservation, conservation, restoration, visualization, representation, and
    presentation); and
  7. Synthesize, evaluate, and apply sources of creativity and inspiration in the
    landscape planning and regional design process (e.g., precedents, innovation,
    collaboration, observation, interviews; rational, intuitive, design typologies, and
    arbitrary bases for landscape planning and design decisions).

Course Documents:

Student Work ExamplesFall 2016:

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  • Client

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Skills

    • Resiliency
    • Sustainability
    • Pollinators
    • Pollinator Habitat
    • ArcGIS
    • Geoprocessing
    • Data Collection
    • Network Analysis
    • Demographic Analysis