Capstone, by definition, is opportunity for advanced students to engage and refine methods and skills needed for entry-level employment in the profession … from design-development drawing to research, analysis, and synthesis, to 2d acad and 3d design, digital rendering, and hand-rendering. The CSU-approved and ASLA-approved syllabus for the course includes the requirement for every student to have a professional practice mentor (from outside of CSU). Of course, everyone is also free to seek guidance and critics from among the faculty.
Projects can range from 1) landscape scale to site scale, or 2) from site scale to garden scale through a CD package. They can be urban, suburban, country, resort, recreational, or natural landscapes. There will be public reviews (mentor included – skype, webex, joinme, etc., if needed) at 1/4, mid, 3/4, and final. There will be a list of required process and deliverable submittals needed for a grade for the class and the requirement that each student prepare and submit a draft timeline for these at the beginning of the semester. Mentors and projects are indicated at that time, as well – these will be published on the dept. website.
- Explore and apply the advanced theories and methods of decision making for landscape scale, site scale, and garden scale environments.
- Explore and apply communication principles, methods and skills with a formal mentor.
- Focus on mastery of the sequential and cyclical components of landscape research, analysis, planning, design, and implementation.
- Focus on improving/and or acquiring methods and skillsets in AutoCAD, Rhino and/or SketchUp, ArcGIS, Adobe Suite, digital and hand drawn drafts and finals.
Spring Term 2017 will be devoted to the exploration of ideation, design, and representation strategies for garden-scale environments and their connections with urban neighborhoods. As students of design, you will explore and assimilate fundamental ideation (creativity) and representation theories and methods. You will learn about the history and philosophy of garden design, issues of the natural and cultural landscape, analysis techniques, and digital and hand-drawn methods. Attention is focused on experiences which result in mastery of methods and skills needed for the sequential components of design: Research, Analysis, and Synthesis. Methods are addressed in a series of discussions and projects. Case studies extend to contemporary precedents of the profession in analysis, design, and representation. This research and knowledge of gardens and garden types will influence, guide and shape your design processes in your own garden designs. You will develop basic, design processes, exploration with various drawing/drafting mediums and techniques, and model making. This design process draws on your personal creativity to analyze, explore, experiment, create, draw, review, and construct. You will acquire substantial personal skills through preparation of projects. Special emphasis will be placed on learning to be a creative designer/divergent thinker.
Studio Strategies and Requirements:
The overall goal of the course is to engage a project that is inspirational for you, the centerpiece of your portfolio, and meaningful to the profession. … in order to enable a challenging integration of your knowledge, the profession and career possibilities. The interrelated spheres of project area, program, and creative solution are opportunity for you to demonstrate qualifications and capabilities for the profession and to reflect this university’s overall program of study.
Checklist of requirements (preliminary review drafts for mentor and class and finals for mentor and class) to include ¼-review, mid-review, ¾-review, and final review:
- Narrative definition of the project.
- Project timeline. Images and narratives of precedents supporting project definition.
- Figure grounds of precedents and program elements.
- 3-D topographic and landscape elements model of the present project area.
- Illustrated and narrative analyses of site opportunities and constraints for your program and site.
- 3-D topographic and landscape elements model of your solutions for the project – two alternatives exploring materials, scale, and style.
- Master plans of your solutions for the project.
- Elevations and sections of your solutions for the project.
- Perspectives of your solutions for the project.
- Written narratives of your solutions for the project.
- Multi-media of the project.
The capstone studio is conducted as a series of explorations and experiments aimed at developing individual self-reliance, self-esteem, successional practice in making analysis and design decisions, recognizing problems, looking for alternatives, and expressing solutions. Studio, Instagram, and Facebook requirements consist of a series of explorations and representations of case studies, theories, and methods.
Scholarly Progress and Grades:
In keeping with the standards of a nationally accredited program, class attendance is uniquely valuable and necessary for engagement of projects and for learning new creativity, ideation and representation skills – only university approved absence (see CSU 2015-2016 catalog) is accepted without reduction in final letter grade, and must be given notice in advance. All interim and final submittals are needed to receive a final grade.
” A ” Submittals are of distinctive thoroughness and quality, includes class attendance and reviews.
” B ” Submittals would be of distinctive thoroughness and quality with minor revisions or additions.
” C ” Submittals would be of distinctive thoroughness and quality with moderate revisions or additions.
” D ” Submittals would be of distinctive thoroughness and quality with major revisions or additions.
” F ” Submittals are without, or nearly without, redeeming qualities.
This course will adhere to the 2011 Academic Integrity Policy of the Colorado State University General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code for all graded elements with regard to appropriate uses of sources, internet or otherwise; receiving assistance from others; and the use of prior work.
CSU Honor Pledge:
I pledge on my honor that I will not receive or give any unauthorized assistance in this course and endeavor toward meaningful social and environmental responsibility.
Printed Name Signature Date
|LAND 447 CAPSTONE STUDIO – SPRING TERM 2017|
|1/17 Introduction||1/19 Class discussion and advice|
|1/24 Project, timeline details, and mentor due||1/26 Advice|
|1/31 Advice||2/2 Advice|
|2/7 ¼-reviews||2/9 ¼-reviews|
|2/14 Advice||2/16 Advice|
|2/21 Advice||2/23 Advice|
|2/28 Advice||3/2 Advice|
|3/7 Mid-reviews||3/9 Mid-reviews|
|3/21 Advice||3/23 Advice|
|3/28 Advice||3/30 Advice|
|4/4 Advice||4/6 Advice|
|4/11 ¾-reviews||4/13 ¾-reviews|
|4/18 Advice||4/20 Advice|
|4/25 Advice||4/27 Advice|
|5/2 Advice||5/4 Advice|
|Final Reviews – We will meet afternoon and evening late in the week|