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Last approved: Tue, 08 May 2018 08:01:20 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 07 May 2018 14:01:57 GMT

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LAR (Landscape Architecture)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Landscape Architecture Construction Materials and Methods
LAR Materials & Methods
College of Design
Landscape Architecture (12LAR)
Term Offering
Summer Only
Offered Every Year
Summer I 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

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Carla Delcambre
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Prerequisite: LAR 501 and LAR 502 and LAR 527 or permission of department head or DGP.
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
12LARMRMaster of Landscape Architecture, Track 3Required
Introduction to landscape architectural construction materials, methods, documentation, and implementation practices including best professional practices, and current and emerging technologies.

LAR 528 replaces LAR 457, an undergraduate level course.  The new graduate level course will incorporate and emphasize research and critical problem solving methods and assignments to enable students to learn, experiment, and  evaluate diverse landscape architectural construction applications, materials, and practices.


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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of EngineeringDr. Morton BarlazGene

This email is to confirm that I and others in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) have reviewed the syllabi for the proposed LAR 527 and 528. We support the establishment of these courses for LAR students. We do offer some material on overlapping topics but not at a level or in a way that would be accessible to LAR students. Thus, these courses do not conflict with existing courses in CCEE.

Thank you for asking and please let me know if you need anything else.
No new resources are required to deliver this course as it replaces a similar one that was delivered in the former Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) program that has since been eliminated.

This course covers three major areas including an introduction to the artful craft of construction detailing and material selection; the application of construction details in integrated systems within the built environment; and the process of preparing landscape architecture construction details. The exploration of the critical topics relating to contextually responsive and environmentally responsible design and development practices will be highlighted. The goal of the course is to arm students with an understanding of the integration and the application of physical materials and structures in the landscape; most specifically fostering each student’s ability to successfully communicate their design intent through the use of concise, descriptive, and technically accurate drawings and models.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

Select and specify materials, based on aesthetic and structural considerations, from the vast array of currently available products as well as recycled material for use in landscape architectural applications;

Make specific decisions about fabrication, dimension, texture, and finishes, and how to convey precise instructions to the contractor/crafts people;

Identify and evaluate relationships between site grading, drainage, and detailed construction.

Interpret and evaluate construction processes during the development of a project including governmental approvals, permitting, cost estimate, construction sequencing, written specifications, contracts and construction administration;

Integrate principles of sustainable landscape architecture construction and green building techniques, including life cycle analysis of materials and products;

Explain implications of the different types of soils on construction; and

Apply practices and applications affecting public health, safety, and well being of the public.

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Homework40Topic specific assignments
Project40Final term project
Attendance10Classes and Field trips
Participation10Observed. Active and reflective participation will be factored into the final grade.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction.5 week The artful craft of construction, detailing, and material selection
Materials used in landscape architectural construction2.5 WeeksApplication of construction details in integrated systems within the built environment
Construction Processes2 WeeksProcess of preparing landscape architectural construction details and documents.
Non majors may take this course on a space available basis with department head consent.

mlnosbis 2/20/2018:
-Note what is happening to LAR 457- are you going to drop that course?
-Does this course need a consultation (Civil Engineering)?
-Clarify if this course should be restricted to non-LAR students without department approval.
-Syllabus should include full instructor contact information (including office hours).
-Are the listed textbooks required or recommended? How will students acquire the software?
-Syllabus should include a breakdown of how grades are determined. Listing the PRR is not enough. Explain how assignments will be graded and what constitutes each letter grade. Example: A+ = ____, A = ____, etc.

cohen 2/25/2018:
1. We need a consultation with Civil Engineering. Contact DGP Dr. Ranji Ranjithan ( and insert consultation notes into the consultation summary field.
2. Section 5 (Course structure) on the syllabus refers to three courses that together cover three major areas. The other two courses are not mentioned in CIM. Should they be?
3. There is a minor typo on the syllabus in the third column, second row in Section 6. Delete one of the occurrences of "in". (I deleted that in CIM.) Also in that section, there is a typo in the first sentence under Note about required field trips and ...
4. In Section 10, what happens if a student cannot submit an assignment by the due date because he or she has a justifiable excuse? Will those be dealt with on a case by case basis?
5. Under Excused Absences (Section 11) in the syllabus, it appears that students must contact the instructor prior to class for each excused absence. There are times when that may not be possible. (The example on the syllabus is potentially one such time.) How will those absences be treated?

cohen (4/8/2018):
Please correct the small typo in the first sentence under Note about... in Section 6 of the syllabus. (See comment 3 above.)

ABGS Reviewer Comments 4/24/2018:
-No concerns
arrl (Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:49:51 GMT): Rollback: this course should be listed as a lecture
cdchroni (Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:18:46 GMT): Rollback: From Art: this course should be listed as a lecture
mlnosbis (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:28:18 GMT): Rollback: Rollback to Gene Bressler as requested.
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