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Last approved: Tue, 08 May 2018 08:01:28 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 07 May 2018 13:05:35 GMT

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LAR (Landscape Architecture)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Landscape Architecture International Design Studio
LAR Int'l Design Studio
College of Design
Landscape Architecture (12LAR)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

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Prerequisite: LAR 501 and LAR 502 and LAR 503 or department head or DGP consent.
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
12LARMRMaster of Landscape Architecture, Track 3Required
Application of design thinking processes in landscape architectural design situations resident within a host international urban venue. This is a studio course for Landscape Architecture students studying abroad.

This course replaces LAR 565.  The revised LAR 504, LAR international Design Studio experience is a requirement of the track 3 Master of Landscape Architecture  (MLA) degree  program.  Course has been renamed and revised to reflect emphasis on design thinking and research processes associated with the planning and design addressing situations, issues, and imperatives resident within an international venue.  Course will emphasize study of contextual conditions (natural and cultural), field study, instruction delivery from international and US instructors, and criticism from diverse stakeholders including those representing the international venue.


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Requisites and Scheduling
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Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.

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Course has been and is currently delivered as LAR 565. Course modifications include revised learning outcomes, course outline, and a new course number. No new resources are required.

Students utilize design thinking and research capabilities to synthesize, generate, and evaluate alternative design interventions and precedents that address “landscape imperatives” associated with environmental and cultural factors and relationships shaping landscapes resident within the public and private realms. 

Student Learning Outcomes

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

Identify customs, mores, and places resident within host venue;

Identify and describe landscape design problems and the issues that confront a designer when working in a culture other than their own;

Apply skills to interpret and depict the structure and relationships of the environment and formulate strategies to visualize, design and evaluate potential design outcomes;

Apply methods to examine how contemporary interventions may become part of the cultural fabric and the natural systems of the city;

Apply representational methods and verbal skills that communicate planning and design concepts and solutions; and

Navigate and live within a foreign land.

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Project70Completion of specific design projects during the semester

Students will attend all design studio classes in order to work on projects, individual mentoring, participate in class discussions, and reviews.

Active participation in studio reviews, lectures, and participate in critical reflective discussions.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Orientation1 weekGeneral orientation to International Study venue:
policies, rules, living, way finding, etc;field trips to local points of interest; field trip to project site
Research2 weeksResearch assignments focusing on culture and context
Field reconnaissance1 weekVisits to design studio project locations: mapping, measuring, analysis
Site Analysis Research2 weeksDetailed study of studio project site and contextual conditions; mapping, drawing, photography, opportunities/contraints modeling, interviews with stakeholders
Conceptual Design3 weeksGeneration and critical evaluation of alternative design solutions; in class pin ups, charettes; meetings with local stake holders
Design Development3 weeksDetailed development and refinement of design proposals at various scales of resolution; plans, sections, perspectives; digital modeling; report generation; scaled study models; "desk crits"
Project reviews1 weekPresentations to stakeholders, faculty, and peers, critical reflection, instructor to student conferences
mlnosbis 2/20/2018:
-Clarify if prerequisites listed are LAR 501 AND 502, etc., or LAR 501 OR 502. I think it is "and," but that needs to be added.
-Syllabus should include full instructor contact information (including phone number).
-Are the listed textbooks required or recommended?
-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 2/22/2018 and 2/25/2018:
1. The last learning outcome is: Navigate and live within a foreign land.
Will students be expected to live/travel abroad as part of this experience? If so, that needs to be made clear in the syllabus (and in the catalog description).
2. 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?
3. Under Instructor's Policies on Attendance (Section 11), what happens if a student is, say, in the hospital for three classes? Will the student lose a letter grade?
4. 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?

ABGS Reviewer Comments 4/17/2018:
- Does the syllabus need to explain what is required for auditing? NO
- Are students penalized twice for absences? Attendance makes up 10% of their grade and if they miss class the instructor may lower their grade? Are these two penalties for the same thing? Or if a student is absent the 10% portion of the grade will be reduced? I am unclear about how a grade will be affected by absences.
- It says the course is 12 weeks long but the course schedule adds up to 13 weeks.
- In the grading section "Project" should be "Projects"
mlnosbis (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:27:22 GMT): Rollback: Rollback to Gene Bressler as requested.
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